I recently had my barred plymouth rock hen pass away leaving my New Hampshire Red alone. The New Hampshire red hen is a hugely strong personality...the "rooster" if you will. I could tell she was bored and honestly with winter coming I thought she would be freezing in teh coop alone at night. Yesterday I took on a younger Stnd Cochin, she's white and incredibly docile. The lady that owned her prior to me was unable to allow this chicken in with her other chickens because they would peck her ~uncontrollably. Of course, this was a concern for me and she said we could trial it for a week and if there was no success than she would take her back. My main concern is the Cochins submissivness. She does not stand when attacked, she lays down and covers her head when possible. She doesn't stand and fight back or even run away. She just lays there~ We have only had her one evening and this morning. I made the decision to keep her in the run and let my other one free range as we do everyday. Something else that concerned me was my dogs attacked her when she was out. My dog NEVER attack my chickens and they actually love to hang out with them. Does anyone know if this is normal...for the hen to lay down and just submit, rather than trying to get out of the way. I do not dare keep the two together...even in the open yard...for fear of finding a bloody mess when i return.