Our 7 pullets are 2.5 months old, and it's looking like their pecking order is pretty well established. They're a mix of Barred Rocks, Silver Laced Wyandottes, a Dominique, a bantam BR and an Easter Egger. Lily, the EE, is the biggest and most mature (making hen noises while the others are still moving from whistles and peeps) and definitely herds the others around. She is also somewhat aggressive toward me, which has me worried. I don't want to be attacked by my chicken. A couple of days ago I tried holding her down, but must not have done it long enough or effectively because it seemed to make her madder, not more docile. Today I picked her up in my lap and stroked her. In return, she pecked my hand and arm, then when that didn't work, she turned the other way and pecked me in the face. Ouch! Clearly, she needs to see me as bigger and stronger. I've read about working with roosters to establish a person as alpha roo. Should I try the same techniques with our evil EE?