Hello everybody! With my last flock, I had about eighteen hens and one rooster. He was big (and mean to people ) and took pretty good care of his girls. He was rough on them (treading), but he wasn't mean to them at all. The girls only had little squabbles occasionally and there wasn't a whole lot of picking on one another, except for when they were roosting. Then some of them had pretty strong opinions about who was with them on a roost. They seemed to all get along pretty well, although there was a little bit of dominance-showing by some of the girls to the lower-ranking hens. So I'm wondering now, with my second flock, will there be much of a change? I'm hoping to get all females (that's what I'll be buying) and so there won't be a rooster, at least for a while. I may end up buying an *adult* proven-friendly cock sometime, but at least at the beginning it will be all girls. What will the atmosphere be like among the flock? Will there be a top hen that sort of takes the place of the rooster, or will they sort of have several dominant ones and then ones that are more submissive? Will there be a lot of picking on each other, because there will be no rooster to settle things down? Thanks for your help!