We acquired three two year old Cochin bantam's on Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon we brought home one 4 month old (?) Silkie bantam. Our thinking was that since they were all new to OUR coop, it would be okay. Well....it's been a week now and my poor Silkie (Sophie) is pecked on when she tries to eat. She's pecked on for being in the 'wrong spot' and occasionally chased around the coop. When it's time for bed, the older girls go upstairs and she stays downstairs. The first few evenings I would pick her up and place her in the hen house. After I close the door I can hear her being pecked. The past few evenings I put her closer to the top of the ladder and she goes in by herself, and then she's pecked. In the mornings, I go out there and she's still upstairs. Sometimes there is a Cochin with her, but not always. I open the door and let them down. The past few mornings I put her on the ladder and make her come down the ladder herself. Last night I peeked through the window and one Cochin was trying to protect her while another was pecking at her. I don't know what to do now. She's too big (I think) to go in with the little ones, ranging in age from 2 weeks to about 6 weeks, which we got Sunday. Please tell me what I should do, or not do. Is this normal pecking order? Thank you for your help and advise! Kristie ...my daughter just checked on the girls and everyone, including Sophie, is upstairs.