There have been a lot of changes in our flock just recently, our lead hen was killed, we had to increase our small flock with a batch of chicks, and now I've noticed the new top hen is a jerk toward our other hen when they go to bed. I watched them the other night, Amelia hopped up first, Dixie hopped up to the far side, then Amelia sidled over and methodically started pecking at her. Dixie cowered against the wall and just took it. Most of the day they are thick as thieves, and I hate to lose Amelia. So I put Amelia in solitary last night, thinking to keep her apart for a couple days. Well, this morning sweet Dixie came out as her evil twin. She had been ignoring the chicks but now paces their enclosure and pecks them whenever they're near the chicken wire. Dixie has lost a fair number of feathers by her tail. Should I just let that go on? She and Amelia seem worse without each other, and I feel bad for them. I could really use some input. Thanks, BYCers.