not 24 hours after I lost my only roo, Rocket II, the hens are re-establishing the pecking order. RC, who i thought was the girls' boss, refused to roost in the coop tonight. I had to chase her around after dark. when i put her in, speckles immediately pecked at her and chased her around the coop. When I took speckles out, LC paced the ground frantically looking for her flock-mate - so i put speckles back and watched them till they decided to ignore each other. the little bantam(LC) that was rocket's woman was out in the barn roosting in the hay. when i put her in the coop under the heat lamp, she got the same treatment from speckles. she finally settled into the bunny hutch in there that doubles as a laying box. if it wasn't so cold and i didn't think she needed the heat lamp i would have let her stay in the barn. I'm not sure if i'm going to eventually have to get another rooster - just to keep the peace. LC seems to really miss rocket. she moped around all day looking lost.