What is it with the pecking order. I have two birds that snap at all the others... two older birds that will not stop being mean to the younger birds... no matter how many different ways I try to integrate my flock they beat up on the younger girls (8 months v 4.5 months). One of my baby birdies just doesn't care and keeps getting injured (course she's the biggest one as well... what's up with that). One of the birds is so afraid of all the others that she thinks she's my best friend.... and jumps in my arms every time I'm around. It's just crazy goings on here. Help... info and really some insight would be helpful. I'm getting sick of watching birds rip feathers out of each other, knocking others off the roost to steal their place and well just down right mean pecking going on. What is up. I free range my birds, and used to do it with the older and younger ones until I discovered the two older birds would corner the seven younger so they could take turns pecking at them. Now it is done in shifts. After my maran just about lost her comb (it was half way torn off), that was my signal that things had gone too far. Am I the only one that has all prima donnas hanging out in her backyard?