This is a story about Peeps. Peeps is one of 8 girls and is one of the older ones (by 3 weeks). She has always been a feisty little girl towards the other girls. After a few months she seemed to divide herself from the group with another chicken named Idiot. Peeps and Idiot wouldn't really have anything to do with the other girls although when I would bring out treats they would come over and try to bully the others out of the way. My true Alpha hen is Goldie who didn't stand for Peeps junk and would snip back at her. Peeps didn't really back down though. Peeps and Idiot always seemed a little on the lazy side. They stayed in the coop an hour after everyone else and were usually one of the first ones in for the night. After a while they stopped running to the back door when I came out with treats. They wanted me to walk to them. Peeps really just had this regal air about her. But in the last week things have changed. Idiot has forsaken Peeps to hang out with the other girls. She seems to have taken on a higher status in the pecking order in that flock. She runs around with them in the back yard and runs to the back door now as soon as I come out. Peeps on the other hand still hangs back and just waits around for me. She doesn't really seem to be sick because she is still active as ever but she just does things her own way. Last night I found her sitting on top of the coop instead of inside it. She actually seemed a little depressed. I picked her up and tried to put her in the coop. She looked around for a little bit and turned tail and went back into the pen. She hopped up on the outside of the nesting boxes instead and settled in there. I got up this morning and she is still staying away from everyone although she did come running a little ways out when I came out with treats. She still snips at the other girls (except for Idiot) if they come too close to "her" section of the treats. Ok so that is my chicken soap opera. Do I have a hen that is shunned by the flock by her own doing? What can I expect and should I try to do anything? I don't want a sad chicken on my hands and she needs to be in the coop.