i posted before about my young Red Star hens and how totally uncivilized they are about treats. i'm very slowly getting a handle on that. But here is my ongoing big problem. It's totally my fault that i waited too long to integrate them with my two older EE hens. Penny is doing fine holding her space as head chicken. But poor Grace is being run ragged. The RS don't just peck once to get the upper hand, they peck her virtually nonstop every moment of the day and into the night. She cowers in the far back corner of the pen or in a nest box, and they seek her out either one by one or in a group and attack her neck. If they have a huge mound of treats and she has one morsel, they chase her away from it. i have tried to let them work things out themselves, but the constant screaming from Grace is rattling my world. i have tried a squirt gun, sitting in the pen and squirting the attackers when they go after her. That works only when i'm there. i tried picking up Grace and setting her on top of the offenders, to give her dominance. The minute i take her off, they attack her again. They even attack her when she's in my arms. Today i reached the end of my rope and pulled them out, one by one, as they attacked her. Five of them are now in a small aviary. That will not work long term. i wanted them for egg-laying, and they are GREAT at that. And we surely do need the eggs with our tight food budget. But i can't have Grace attacked every minute of every day for the rest of her life. Other than building (yet another) pen just for them, does anyone have any suggestions for resolving this issue? Are all Red Stars so brutal? Should i just get rid of them and start over with a new batch of pullets? i am so just tired from all this tension i don't know what to do.