So....one of our hens higher on the pecking order is "mating" our lowest hen on the pecking order. I just started putting our 6-week-old chicks outside within view of their coop, and noticed this interesting behavior yesterday. We don't have any crowing yet, but this higher-up hen has been sort of growling at me (similar to a broody squak) when she sees me come out of the house. I'm assuming this isn't completely rare, but is there anything that I can do to stop it? The hen low on the pecking order is getting kind of beat up in general. We're putting in a larger run soon, and a few of the adults will be going to new homes to make room for the younger girls. Maybe they're bored? Overcrowded? Just missing a rooster? Any ideas?