I started out last May with 6 baby chicks for the purpose of getting some fresh eggs. 2 of them were roos and went to a new home. The remaining 4 were living in harmony in a coop my husband built, all was well but they seem to always be broody and we were not getting the eggs we hoped for. I ordered 4 more peeps to arrive in March and my husband decides to build a larger coop to accomodate everyone in a different part of the yard and use the old coop as a garden shed. The plan was to have this done by the time the new girls were out of the brooder. Well, that didn't happen and I kept them in a huge dog crate until the coop was finished. Of course one of them turned out to be a roo, very friendly but still a roo, so we make him a separate area and run within the new coop. This past Saturday was the big move-in day for everyone. I began by putting the huge dog crate with my 3 little girls in first then I moved over the big girls one by one. Next I put Mr. Bubbles in his new Hugh Hefner pad, he can see the girls but he is on the otherside of the chicken wire. Everyone was fine but my white Cochin "Sugarsnap"...she attacked Mr. Bubbles through the wire and tore his comb. He is fine but afraid to go back out in his run where this all went down. Now she just paces around the dog crate and bites whatever she can get from my 3 little girls. Yesterday I held Sugarsnap and opened the crate to let the little girls out, one of them stepped out for a minute then ran back in after one of the big girls pecked her. I know they have to establish their pecking order but I am fearful of what Sugarsnap will do to them. They are only 21 weeks old and so much smaller than her. Mr. Bubbles is her equal in size and she made him bleed! Is this normal behavior? I am new at this and just want to know the best way to deal with this. Should I keep them in the crate until they are the same size as the big girls? One of the little girls layed her first egg yesterday in the crate! Should I take them out and put Sugarsnap in the crate for a bit?