I have a three year old barred rock hen who tragically lost both her "sisters" that she was raised with. I then brooded three chicks this spring and I put them in the run and coop with her about a month ago, probably too early, but the garage was just getting too filthy and the dog crate too small to continue keeping them in there. "Biggie" as I now call my barred rock, unsurprisingly didn't take to these new spring chickens taking up her space and she did not welcome them happily. The little ladies are now about four months old, give or take, and I constantly hear the squawks that tell me that Biggie knocked one of their blocks off. She doesn't let them get up on the roost at night and eventually I have to go out there and put them on the roost and then poke her with a stick through the chicken wire until she settles down and then everyone goes to sleep. Yesterday, I got the notion that my gold-laced wyandotte is starting to fight back, so I gave her a little poke as well to stop the situation from escalating. Now, if this were dogs, I would never have intervened, knowing that dogs have to settle on a pack order without humans getting in the way and slowing things down. I don't want my "help" to be more of a hindrance to them establishing a new living situation that works for everybody. I do want to know if there's anything I should or should not be doing. Should I back off? Continue poking my chickens with a stick? Are they ever going to get along? I have two roosts, but they all refuse to use the indoor one so that's not helping the situation like I would have hoped. As I typed this post, dusk settled fully and now they're all finally on the roost. But there were a few pecks to the head before all the little girls were able to get up on that roost. Will these girls ever get along like my first flock did?