A couple of weeks ago we purchased 6, 2 year old hens from a free range farmer. Some were in pretty rough condition, including one who was missing all her wing, neck and rear feathers (it looks like they had been eaten), and another missing all her neck feathers.
Anyway last night I noticed one of these hens had blood on her neck, and this morning I witnessed 2 other chickens pecking at the two damaged chickens and drawing/eating blood.
I've read that I need to act pretty fast to deter this behaviour, but am unsure where to start. They were all getting along fairly well up until now.
They are free range for the most part, but are partly locked in a large run and coup. They are all laying, and are pretty spoilt with lots of laying pellets, water, table scraps and garden greens. It is coming into summer here and today is fairly warm.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance