I know its a sad way to start in a new place but I was pretty devastated yesterday after I came home and found a pile of feathers in the chicken run and my favorite girl (a silkie) was laying a little ways away.
After surveying the area and looking at her body it was determined that one of the other chickens (or chickens) had done the deed.
She was missing all of the feathers from her shoulders up. Upon investigating, one of the roosters had small black spots (dried blood) on his crown.
He was put into solitary confinement for the night but it was really close to corporal punishment.
A week or so ago I noticed and heard one of the smaller roosters getting feathers plucked constantly even when he was in a submissive position. I tried shooing from behind the fence but they didn't care. I went in the yard and ended up kicking a few away from the poor guy.
I put an add on craigs list and a gentleman picked up 4 out of the 6 roosters I had. Unfortunately I must have not gotten the one that was the mean one and I regret that I didn't pay closer attention to them when I separated the chickens.
I am hoping he will pick up this guy.
Anyways thank you for letting me vent a little.