We have 6 (hens) New Hampshire Reds that are about 6 months old. They started laying about a month ago and we are very excited. Within the past week we noticed that one hen is getting "picked" on. We have noticed that some of her back feathers are being "cut" in half. No blood but the flock is getting a little more aggressive against her. We have decided to separate her from the flock. I have a few questions that I hope we can get help with. 1) When the "picked on" hen is removed will another one take her place and get picked on as well? 2) The picked on hen is aggressive towards us. Why? 3) Won't the picked on hen get lonely? 4) Does aggressiveness and egg laying go hand in hand? Meaning do hens feel the need to protect her eggs? Any other advice would be great... Thank you!!!!