Hi All. I have had the same four hens since we moved into this house in August. The previous owner said that they got them as chicks in March. So they are around 9 months old. Since the beginning one of my ladies "Fancy Pants" was the head you-know-what in charge. It was never questioned, just an orderly establishment. In October I had to take Fancy Pants out for a while to give her medicine for an infection. When I put her back, Butternut, who used to be my sweet 2nd or 3rd in command..not sure...never noticed what position she held...ATTACKED Fancy Pants. Luckily it was close to bedtime so they went in to their coop for the night and when they came out all was as usual. Fancy Pants back in charge and things back to normal. Fast forward almost 3 months later, all of a sudden Butternut has decided SHE is the boss. Not only has she decided she is queen bee, but she has become such a HUGE bully to Fancy Pants. Poor Fancy Pants can't do anything without Butternut chasing her down and showing her what's what with a peck. Yesterday they drew blood on each other (actually Butternut was the one who was bleeding) but Butternut is still the new queen. How/why did this happen since they are young birds and is it normal? Also besides putting two separate feeding areas etc what should I do about it?