Does the bully need to be kept in complete isolation- not to be seen or heard? Regina (aka Maleficent) is a big beautiful black Australorp with shiny black eyes and an evil streak a mile wide. It's obvious she is queen of the roost, her feathers glow while all her 4 peers have wounds and missing patches. I admire her like I would a successful bad guy. She hasn't killed anyone... yet; and when I hang out with my flock I have never caught her being particularly aggressive. It's Fall and my DH was working outside and noticed that she was violently attacking, chasing, grabbing wings and tugging hens around. I'm guessing she is battling with the 5 newbies that are near laying age now and while all spring and summer they have integrated well or at least kept to themselves - they would be mature enough to begin challenging her now. I will separate her - as I have seen advised here. I have a large open wire cage that I can keep inside the coop. However, she will see and be seen by the flock as they roost at night and feed and water themselves during the day. The purpose is to take her down a notch on the pecking order, right? If so then having her see and be seen to be on the floor while the rest of the flock roosts helps this? Or not? I'm hoping that 1) the next queen won't be as vicious; 2) that I'm not giving the flock more grief by not letting the power struggle play out...and 3) that when Regina is released from prison - she not be worse - kicking butt and taking names on her way back up. Sigh. All advice is appreciated. PS New coop is almost finished so within a month there will be more upheaval in the flock.