I have read other strings about pecking-order and meany chicks and I think I get it, but my husband insists that I ask THIS question... Over a year ago we received a mature banty hen and roo. 6 months ago, el roo became too aggressive to my husband and other family animals (-:; so roo was relocated. We soon therafter brought in another hen, around 3 old months I reckon. We have had her for 5 months and in the beginning the older hen ignored her, then took her under wing somewhat - showed her the ropes, and now, a few months later is really mean to her - cornering her and pecking at her in the coop. Not all the time, other times they lay together quietly in the yard. The question: Will introducing a whole new young lady in any way help the middle one??? Or will she simply transfer the beatings downstream? Particulars - these are mixed breed banties. The older hen is no longer laying noticeably, the younger is laying regularly. They are free range all day and share a coop with a 3-nestbox house at night. Thanks!