I took the advice for a while. I put the two silkies in the run with the four fat girls this morning. When the big girls got after the banties I just let them go. It seems they would peck then lose interest, go eat... get a drink... then start looking for a fight again. After a while, they pretty much stopped picking on one of the silkies and focused most of their attention on the #2. All was quiet for a while, then one of the big chicks got after #2. She got #2 into a corner and pecked and stomped. Then #2 put it's head down, got stomped on, and went limp. I thought it was dead. When I went in and picked it up, #2 lifted it's head. I took it out for a few minutes, let it run around, and then put it back in the run. After a while, three of the big girls cornere #2. After much squawking and flapping, #2's head went down and body went limp. The big girls pecked its back and butt a little (but it looked like they weren't pecking as hard). When they picked a couple feathers, I broke it up and separated them. My questions are: Is this feigning death a natural response? Or did they knock my little chicken out cold? When this happens, should I allow them to peck or did I do the right thing by breaking it up at that point? Here is a pic of #2 (Louise). We think it might be a roo (soon to be Louis). Would that be the reason they are picking on it? Or is it possible the one that seems to hate #2 the most is currently at the bottom of the pecking order and wants to make darn sure she doesn't stay there? Thanks in advance for your help.