Hi everybody, I don't know how long this has been going on, but last night was the first time I've noticed it: I have a nice-sized chicken corral with two partitions. One is for my adult Rhode Island Red, and one is for 7 RIR pullets and one auracana (sp?) pullet (who may be a rooster, we're still not sure). I have them separated until the little ones are big enough to hold their own against the adult. There is a chicken tractor in each partition. Last night, I noticed that the auracana wouldn't go in the tractor, but insisted on sleeping on the roof of it. She was up there probably 15 minutes before the others started turning in. During that time, the other RIRs would jump up on top with her, only to be nipped on their necks by the auracana. They eventually went inside the tractor. Meanwhile, the adult chicken insisted on sleeping on top of her house, too! They stayed there all night, I assume. Any ideas? The adult chicken has taken what seems to be a parental posture-- I think she may have slept on her house to keep an eye on the baby. She may also be trying to hold onto her position in the pecking order (Anything you can do, I can do better).