So here's the deal, and I'll try to keep it short...
About a month and a half ago, I decided to get three new chicks, to eventually add to my flock of four fully grown chickens. One of these fully grown chickens is a wonderful (to me) rooster.
I figured I'd keep the chicks inside until feathered out and then take them outside, separated, until big enough to let out with the others...you know the drill. :)
Well, My alpha hen, Brownie, throws a cog in the wheel when she injures her leg and can not walk enough to get in or out of the coop, so she's spent two weeks in the house. Also, every time I've brought her outside to visit the other (big) chickens, they've attacked her viciously!!! The only good that's come of this is that she's come to know the little chicks well while I let them out on the back deck together, and she's been too gimped to go after them.
Two days ago I separated the coop in two with chicken wire and have been keeping big Brownie and the chicks in one half, and the rooster and the two big hens in the other. They can see each other, can roost on the same post together, but today when I let Brownie out again, my rooster just had to have a piece of her, and so did her (ex) best friend, Helen....who also attacked her horribly!! I'd let them have it out, but Brownie still can't defend herself, and has a little trouble running away. :(
I corralled my rooster by stooping down and snuggling with him. He's a sucker for that...but I just know that if they are going after Brownie, who used to be the queen, how am I going to introduce the chicks without chicken wire in between?
I've thought about letting Brownie and the chicks out in the yard for a couple of hours while the big chickens stay inside, then switch out.
I've thought about putting my rooster, and maybe even the attacking hen, in chicken jail to give them an attitude adjustment while I let Brownie, the chicks, and my nicer fully grown chicken out to range for awhile.
It's just such a mess right now...it's like World War Chicken out there!
Any suggestions will be tried at this point, thanks in advance. Oh, and I forgot to add that one chick who escaped today was pursued mercilessly until I rescued him...