I am new to keeping chickens and last May started 20 laying hens - make that 19 since we recently discovered that Phyllis is in fact Phil. I deliberately chose different breeds, hoping that they would all get along as well as look attractive. We have converted two unused large stables each with a big outdoor run with a couple of spruce trees at the end of one. They spend all their time under the spruce trees. I have four of each of Buff Orpingtons, Light Brahmas, Australorps, Ameracaunas and Silver Laced Wyandottes. They are all quite beautiful but the Orps are certainly the most friendly along with the Ameracaunas (they all have started laying miniature eggs now). The Wyandottes seem to be lowest in the pecking order although not above pecking back . One of the Light Brahma is Top Hen. Unfortunately our sole rooster Phil is being a henpecked husband - literally! He has lost all the feathers round his neck due to the unwanted attentions of a couple of the hens and currently is languishing in a stable all by himself, very sad, while I hope he can recover. Anyone else heard of a henpecked rooster? He is a very benign boy and very shy.