At the moment I have eight chickens - three girls almost a year old, and five girls almost six months old. At the moment, the pecking order goes as follows: RIR, Australorp, Easter Egger, Leghorn, Fayoumis, Buttercups. I can't easily tell which Fayoumi and which Buttercup are in which position, but the poor Buttercups get chased around the most by pretty much everybody but each other. In a few more weeks after all five of the young ones are laying, I'm planning to sell two of the young ones. (I bought more chicks than I needed in case any died; I knew when I got them that I would have to sell a couple if they all lived.) I really would prefer to keep them all, but I'm already over my chicken quota and I could get fined pretty heavily and possibly even lose my whole flock if code enforcement comes knocking and finds I have too many! My plan is to sell one Fayoumi and one Buttercup, and I'm wondering what the effect will be on the birds of suddenly losing two of the lower-ranking girls.