Will hens pick out weaker ones to pick on? Just curious, probably about a year ago now one of our hens had a hurt leg for a bit, we thought she hurt it while jumping from a high roost or something, and while she was hurt she getting pecked very close to her death. We separated her from the flock, and she has since healed just fine and has become the boss of what we call the 'misfits.' Two more have been added to that group, all very clearly fitting into their own new pecking order. We let them all out to have the run of the yard when we get home from work and they do fine interacting with each other, except for the hen at the very very bottom of the totem pole who is a target despite the fact that she appears to have no outward weaknesses. We always keep her closer to us and she gets the extra privileges and loving the others don't get. What I want to know is, is this normal? They've all thrived under the separated coops, and it has been about a year, maybe less, and no new ones have been added to the mini coop. Is it normal for chickens to do this? The first one I'd separated with the hurt leg had been quite bloody and lethargic, but on her own and with a little hand feeding and help she bounced back rather quickly. Thanks!