Hens have a pecking order. If you-as-hen are low in that order you are pecked. Possibly, unto death.
The neighbor's six girls lived in a nice pen with a tupperware coup; very uptown. Our eight girls live in a similar sized pen with a cement coup about the same length and width but with a very high ceiling. The height comparison makes little difference since their roosting boxes are about two feet off the floor.
On the first day of their arrival there were flare ups between the new dominant hen and our dominant one. Those two had to work it out. It appears that our muscle girl won the contest for first chick. After two days the two flocks started to hang together. The girls on the lower end of the pecking order still get pushed to the side of the feeding frenzy when the good scraps come in but they are not brutalized. We have had chickens for the last three years. The dramatic reduction of aggression and quick healing of wounds without medication is the norm.
Within about a month the four new girls were looking good (photos 4 - 6). Head feathers all grown back, tail feathers in process and no raw bleeding backs. This is an interesting phenomenon because this should not have been the case. There are now 14 girls in a coop that previously housed eight. At times during the winter there were be days when they did not leave the coop for the pen because of very cold and snowy weather.
The interaction between two fields is an act of energy transfer. All energy transfer is information transfer. A more organized or coherent transfer of information naturally creates a higher frequency field. As the vibrations of the energy field increases the chaos or conflict in the field reduces.
With respect to our 14 girls, the pecking order is safely intact. The level of aggression among the flock has greatly reduced. Happy girls, happy eggs, happy consumers of eggs. Happiness creates an energy field that expands beyond its source for all of us to share in.