I got two Austalorp hens this week to add to my flock of 8 RIR hens and 2 RIR roos. I was intially concerned the RIR's might pick on the new comers. Turns out it is the opposite. Every morning I give the hens a pan of wheat sprouts. This morning I stuck around a few minutes to see if the RIR's would let the new comers eat. As I watched, the one Austalorp would peck at the RIR's who were trying to eat out of the pan. I also noticed the Austalorp's roost at the top of the roost where the roos usually go. Is there anything that can be done to stop this from happening. My guess is no, but then there are alot more people in the BYC that may have greater knowledge of this subject than me.