I have always tried to never interfere with the pecking order of the flock, but this time I had to intervene. A couple of weeks ago the roo and the alpha hen decided that they were going to continually terrorize the rest of the flock. After attempts of chicken time out I decided that for the benefit of the rest of the flock they had to be removed. I was going to send them to freezer camp but a friend wanted to try the roo for his sex link project.(I guess the roo got lucky) The bully hen on the other hand ended up in the crock pot. I must say, best thing I've ever done for this particular flock. It has now been just over a week and the remaining girls are so happy. They eat, dust bathe, and play so well together. I now really can't tell what the pecking order is due to the harmony. There is no more discord in the flock thus far. Keep your fingers crossed, I hope it stays this way. I guess sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.