We had 7 one month old chicks (4 golden comets and 3 Plymouth rocks) One of our Plymouths "Cutie-Pie" came down with cocci which we treated with corid for 5 days. She got a lot better and then she relapsed 2 days after the treatment stopped. We also gave probiotics and electrolytes after the treatment. Everything was fine this morning except her lethargy, she was still eating and drinking. by early afternoon, she just stood under the heat lamp all puffed out. She then started with diarrhea (light brown that turned a cream color) within a couple hours. I left her for an hour to get my son at the bus stop. We went to check on her and there was blood all over the brooder! Little Cutie-Pie stood there shaking and bleeding. She had peck marks all over her and her intestines were hanging out. Poor thing was in shock. I quickly wrapped her in a towel but not quick enough. My son saw everything and freaked out. I calmly told him that she was sick and the other chickens were afraid of catching what she had so they pecked at her to keep her away, but they pecked her too hard and cutie-pie is hurt too bad to live. My husband quickly went out back and had to euthanize our first chicken while my son wailed from the house and I comforted him (he didn't see him do it). We then picked out a nice box for her, he covered her with a small blanket and I just got done burying her in the spot my son picked out.
I have a few questions as I am new to raising chickens and BYC
First, is there a better way to handle this type of situation when children are involved?
second, (not really a question, more like a statement) I had NO idea that chicks would peck to death let alone peck to death that fast! I mean, I knew that older hens would attack but I never thought of small chicks doing this. Is this normal behavior? There were NO signs leading up to this
any advice would be helpful, thank you