Pecking order In my chicken hut there are many familiar characters. Three hens skirt around the edges, not annoying anyone, taking their turn with the food and water, in quite good condition with a reasonable lay pattern, keeping their heads down and not attracting attention. There is a very skinny one who has lost feathers, is pecked, scarred and sat on frequently, with a manic look in her eye but she lays the biggest eggs. The most fearsome is the biggest, who eats the most, makes a lot of noise, takes over the nest box, sits on the scrawny one, never lays or gets up much but looks fab to visitors. Lastly, the skinny cockerel runs himself ragged chasing his tail being pecked constantly, never gets to the food and doesn't really please anyone (swatted off if he tries...) but makes alot of noise and thinks he's in charge.