I have 17 8 week old chicks segregated from my main flock. About a week ago, I noticed that every now and then, one would be running around with a feather in it's beak, peeping like when they find something good to eat. It didn't concern me at the time, infact, we thought it was funny, up until 3 days ago. I sat and watched the chicks for a while after letting them out into the run and saw that there were a few pulling the tail feathers out of one particular chick. When I picked up the chick there was quite a bit of blood where they had pulled out the feathers. I brought the chick in. bathed it, sprayed Blu-Kote and kept the chick segregated in a crate in the coop. Today, I brought the chick in and things are healing nicely. I see the new tail feathers growing. I sprayed thoroughly with Blu-Kote again, threw in some speghetti into the run as a distraction and added the chick back to the flock. It started all over again! I watched one chick pull a new feather sprout out and eat it, despite the Blu-Kote and the rest of the chicks starting chasing this little chick down. The chick is back in the crate where he/she is now safe again. Am I ever going to be able to put this chick back with the flock? Will I have to wait until the feathers grow completely back? I suspect this chick is a rooster but I'm not 100% sure. If there is anyone in the Chesapeake, VA area that can offer this little guy a good home, that would be great too!