Here a year later I am discussing pecking order. The order for my chickens has been established for many months. They all have her own place on the roost from #1 next to the window facing my house and all the rest in line with my poor black Australorp at the very end. My Speckled Sussex who usually is about # 4 took the lead and slept in #1 spot putting my10 week old chicks between her and the chicks' mama who was always number 3 in line until she went broody. The other girls were not happy at all. #2 and # 4 hen tried tp peck the babies. I moved both of them on the other roost with the others, They were not happy but slept where I put them. Was I wrong to let the usurpers keep their new place? I understand pecking order but did not want my babies pecked. Miss Loner, Frances the Speckled Sussex seems like she has decided to be queen.Maybe. If one has an off day and is higher in the hierarchy they can get knocked back a place of two. Doesn't mean it'll stay that way though.