Am I doing the right thing? I went out to let my 23 week old chickens out to their run this morning and found one with a bloody neck. Turned out to be a torn/ pecked at ear lobe (if thats what you call it). It was bloody with a chunk of skin hanging. I called my feed store and the girl told me I had to seperate her or she would be pecked to death. Luckly, my coop is an 8x8 shed with half as their space and the other half my space to access the nest boxes and store stuff. So... I moved her to that space where she can still see everyone through chicken wire above the nest boxes and the door. I have six buff orpingtons which she is one of, two ameracans, and two frizzles (one is a rooster). They just started laying, five eggs total since Wednesday. My injured buff is the only one still with a small pale pink comb. The feed store suggested the other hens which are laying may be gaurding their eggs from her being too curious. I just used hydrogen peroxide on her wound and picked up some neosporin to put on tomorrow. I don't know what to do with the hanging flap of skin? When can I move her back? Will I have problems if she is just seperated by chicken wire or will the others reject her return? Do you think she will be ok after everyone is happily laying? I'm new to all this so any insite would be greatly appreciated Thanks!