I had an incident this morning that scared me. I put my Welsummer down after holding her (I did notice what looked like a piece of dried skin near her beak that might conceivably have looked like something to peck at). My RIR went over and pecked her hard enough to draw blood. I took her inside when I saw the blood and my Mom helped me put some cornstarch on it.
My parents and I kept a close eye on them to see if we needed to separate them. I noticed that most of the pecking seems to come our around food. The RIR will take food (green beans, grass clippings) from the others mouths and might possibly get a little too forceful. I don't mind if she takes food (I assume that's a pecking order thing), but I do mind if she draws blood, especially if my parents and I aren't home to intervene.
Any advice on preventing her from drawing blood in the future? I would love to give them treats as part of my (in progress) boredom prevention program, but not if it's going to lead to serious squabbles.
Also, for those that have production reds, do they do better in a flock with other high strung chickens, or with mellow birds. My other two birds are pretty mellow (I haven't seen them peck back). I would be willing to consider a trial rehoming, if this isn't the right flock for her.