What happened to the peaceful area of my garden? I finally got tired of all the pecking and feather pulling. I removed the hen I identified as a trouble maker. My hens lived with her abuse for one long year. I did not want my new cochin and australorp to have their feathers broken and pulled. I re-homed her (aka 47 by number on her leg band) with her buddy in crime. That started to calm everything down. At the same time I re-homed a cockerel. We are not allowed to house roosters in our city. Shortly after "47" and her buddy left my buff orp became broody. I pull all the eggs that other chickens leave under her. Yes more than one cram into the box, the laying hen drops the egg and the broody one keeps it safe until I come and remove it. 1st Issue: End the Broody Behavior Pull her and lock her out for the day and night. Put her on the roost when all is dark and let her start fresh? She jumped out of box this am for feed then mounted a Barred Rock. 2nd Issue: Stop all the pecking and speed up the establishment of who is who in the flock. Every night I have to go in and help the 3 of the 4 pullets get up to roost. They are scared of the hens. My blue cochin gets up every night and fits in well. Any suggestions? What did "47" start with her cranky attitude?