Hi there! First, I'd like to express how much I've loved this community, and have regularly referred to it for the last year. I'm very excited to finally join, especially now as I'm about to embark on hatching my own eggs next week! But I have a problem that I cannot seem to find any answers to. I currently keep six hens in a raised coop with a 12ft run. They're so very happy, free-range my yard all day, follow me around, and produce fabulous eggs. There is an obvious pecking order, as my little blue Wyandotte tends to be missing tail feathers, and that's a way of life. But it's been over the past month that at night, when my chickens walk themselves into their coop, they are barring her entry. When I go outside to lock the run and coop door, there is poor Violet on a beam in the run, all alone. I have been diligently grabbing her and sneaking her into the back door of the coop with the others every night. I guess I'm wondering if there is anything more I can do, perhaps something to correct this behavior? I get the pecking order, I hate seeing her picked at and feathers missing, but I get it. That being said, this has to be crossing a line, no? They shouldn't be barring her entry at night. Is it hopeless? Poor girl. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. I'm on year one of chicken keeping, and there hasn't been one minute of regret. It's a complete joy! And thanks in advance for your advice!