Okay... my girls are a year old. I have six standards and six mixed bantams. Within the last 2 months my "queen" silver wyandotte chicken is literally plucking the feathers off my mille de fleur (one of my favorites!) A hawk almost had her for a snack back in March; but we rescued her and she went back to the pack the next day. I have noticed the standards picking on some of the little ones more recently; and my mille de feur is literally losing her tail. It looks like she just annoys them. When I "babysit" the while they free range, I get to observe certain behaviors. They are mainly picking on my favorite. Any thoughts beside setting the queen bee free, or separating them.... which isn't really a good option. Also, while I am posting, I have come home from a long trip to a broody buff orpington. Not only that - I feel like I can break her of the habit - but she has enlisted my little leghorn as her cohort and she is sitting on her. I can pull the leghorn out of the nesting box and she will mingle with everyone in the yard. Eventually though, she will go back and squeeze underneath the buff in the box. The last few days, it looks as if she is trying to hatch the leghorn. They almost seem like mommy and baby. What is going on? Do I need a chicken shrink for everyone???? Help. Thoughts?!