I have 3 nine month old EEs (great layers btw) that I raised as day old chicks. It has taken me this long to finally figure out their pecking order. It looks like Fluffy is the head honcho. She is a bully all the time, demanding the first of the food, taking away food from other chickens mouths, and just being plain mean (pecking the other hens seemingly without provocation). She is also the one who never wants to be held or cuddled and always seems to have a scowl on her face. Today she crossed the line, however. Most of the time she just pecks the other hens to keep them out of her personal space at the feed bowl, or wherever the "best" spot in the yard is. Today, in my opinion, she literally attacked the other 2 hens. They were all scratching for bugs in my landscape bark when all of a sudden Fluffy just jumped on Chickie and started pecking at her visciously. Poor chickie "cried out" and tried to back away, but Fluffy kept after her. Then Fluffy turned on the other hen, Touhou, and tried to do the same thing. The two innocent chickens were sent scurrying away in distress. I just had to intervene. I scolded Fluffy, and put her in isolation in the coop/run, while the other 2 got to continue to free-range in peace. Fluffy was mad and started bawking and flapping her wings in the run trying to get out. What's up with that? Was she just having a bad day? Are there "top hens" who are also nice? Did the other two chickens perhaps step out of line, setting Fluffy off? I understand I can't mess with the social order that my girls have established, but the level of bullying today really seemed over the top. If Fluffy wasn't my 8 year old daughter's pet chicken, she'd probably be dinner some night.