Well, its been a little over a week that Giada, my flocks head gal, passed on to the great pastures in the sky. My girls, in pecking order: Giada (deceased) - RIP Ida (Garten) - Martha (Stewart) - Padma (Lakshmi) - Racheal (Ray) - Julia (Child) - Been watching my other girls and noticed they are not quite the same... not in a melancholy way, more like clueless; with the exception of one, Julia. Where I thought she was sick, it seems that she was gloomy. She is moping about, barely interested in eating, takes an occasion sip of water. I throw grapes out, her fav, and she doesn't even chase them. She is laying around, not doing much. She hasn't laid in three days. I am worried about her. The usual routines that we took for granted aren't happening. Everyday, when I let the ladies out, Giada would RUN to the seed box and peck out all the sunflower seeds, the others would quickly follow and make a game of it. No more... I would string up bunches of lettuce and greens on the fence for them to peck...of course, Giada was always first....another game.... no more. Giada was the queen, and got the respect... sure she gave hell if someone questioned her authority, but she didn't have to defend herself often; everyone knew their place. Ida, was in 2nd position and now she is number one....but doesn't know how to handle it. She goes to the snacks I put out and doesn't share....she pecks everyone one away until she is done... quite different from Giada... Julia, in last place, is always pecked and bullied about. Yet, once she started laying, Giada would let her eat with her (much to the chagrin of the others, now I see). This is my understanding now, of why Julia is so sad....I believe where the others moved on and quite frankly forgot Giada five minutes after she died; Julia remembers. They are indeed walking about confused, I think... Wife gets angry when I say, "I wish Ina would have died instead". The flock dynamic would have been minimally altered. I joke with Wife and say now we should bring in a rooster...it would bring order back. This morning, Julia was a bit more perky... she actually ate a bunch and has a little more spring in her step. I am glad.