How many posts can I make in a series of a few weeks before I'm kicked out for spamming? lol I feel like I'm posting way too often. Anyway, I have a small flock of five hens -- three EEs and two Buff Orps. They're nine months old and have a coop and enclosed run. About two weeks ago, I had to bring one Orp, Nugget, in when she came out of the coop limping. From my observations, she was the top hen. Since then, my other Orp (previously my sweet bottom-ranking hen), Jojo, has apparently found her inner-tyrant and taken the place at the top of the pecking order. A few days ago, I tried bringing Nugget back into the run. Bad idea -- she was still limping slightly. Jojo attacked her before she even had her feet on the ground and drew blood from a few bites to her comb. I brought Nugget back inside. A couple of days later, I thought I'd try to let her have some outside time on the OUTSIDE of the run so that the other girls could see her but not get near her...yeah, that didn't work. The girls immediately ran to the side of the run where Nugget INSISTED on hanging out right next to the wire. Jojo puffed herself up and was getting really angry, trying to peck at Nugget through the wire. Nugget, now walking perfectly and apparently feeling like her old self, didn't back down to the challenge and started reciprocating pecking...and drew blood from JOJO'S comb. ARG!! I brought Nugget back in then brought Jojo in to clean off the blood (since my EE, Lucy, noticed droplets on the wire and started getting a little taste of them and then started eyeing Jojo.) So now I'm sort of in limbo -- I know there's the option of putting Nugget's cage in the run so they can get used to each other...but now I'm foreseeing a lot of pecking between the bars. I know there's also the option of putting her in to roost at night but that freaks me out, lol. I'm just seeing a blood bath between her and Jojo. Someone had suggested bringing another hen in from the coop, letting them get reacquainted, and trying to reintroduce the pair instead of just one -- would that be a viable option? If I went with this, should I take Jojo or would I just be asking for trouble by flipping the pecking order around again? I'm at a point where Nugget really needs to go back out, lol. Between the mess of bedding, the smell, and the effect its all having on my respiratory system, it's just time that she rejoin her sisters. I'm desperate for some suggestions.