I purchased 3 birds in October 2011 when they were about 8 weeks old. A Barnevelder, RIR and Welsummer. The Welsummer has grown up to be the largest chicken, but her comb barely grows at all. She has a very large crop and although she doesn't like much being picked up, once she is 'cuddled' she remains quiet. I also have a Silkie and an Araucana - 4 weeks younger than the first 3 - both white / lightish in colour. The Barnevelder has a really good comb now, and the RIR is also showing a good comb growth. I have had 1 egg today from one of the first 3 birds (probably the Barnevelder but cannot be sure) ... they have been molting heavily, in our summer months ( Victoria, Australia ). The first 3 including the Welsummer are in one area of the coop, and the other two in another area. They are kept separated, as the Welsummer seems to hate the Araucana and goes after her or the Silkie. Mostly the Araucana - mounts her, pecks savagely at her etc. has raised blood on a wing. The Silkie is cunning enough and quick enough to get out of the welsummers' way. I have tried bringing them together on 3 occasions - and it is always the same. Next I tried locking the welsummer up and allowing the other 4 together. There was a little bit of a peck here and there - dominance etc., but nothing like the savagery the welsummer shows. Yet I have read on another welsummer thread, how lovable and easy going they are ?????? Not mine. She is a very big bird, and throws her weight around with her 2 companions every morning they are let out - she runs at her companions with neck feathers raised and hackled, but they know her and stand up to her, so she doesn't get far with them. I honestly think she would kill the Araucana if she had half a chance. On one of those 3 occasions I tried, I put her in with the two smaller whites, thinking that 2 would tend to dominate the 1 - NOT SO. That was probably the worst of the attacks on the Araucana. The first 3 and the second 2, are of course, in separate free range runs most every day. I have now decided - when I get a separate coop altogether, to keep the welsummer as a caged bird, allowing her out to free range once or twice a week, while the others stay in-doors for half a day. However I am not at all sure if this is the right thing to do. I can give her away to someone with many chickens ( where she will NOT be queen bee and therefore be put in her place ! ), or I can try the caged bit, hoping she will settle down and perhaps lay a few eggs ? - well, I can hope !! Would appreciate some thoughts on this please - and any info. if anyone else has had such an aggressive welsummer. From what I gather, they are usually placid, easy going birds. Thanks in anticipation Anniebee.