Hi, We have a small flock of 15 chickens that are 2 years old now. They were all acquired as day old birds together and we have 5 breeds (3 of each)...white legs, rhode island reds, black wyandottes, buff orpingtons, and americaunas. Last year we had a terrible problem with most of the birds picking and getting picked...looked like the most unhealthy flock. We tried all sorts of remedies to no avail. We finally gave up, but they stoppped the behavior and all the birds look great now. There is one exception....there is a rhode island red that has been beaten so bad that we have had to separate her a couple of times from the rest of the flock. I had removed her for one month into a cage in the house to allow her feathers to grow back in and to heal. When she was re-introduced they turned her into a bloody mess in 24 hours. We then put her into a caged enclosure in the coop. All her feathers have grown back in. Several birds come around her in her cage. The other day she accidently slipped out of the cage and several birds started attacking her immediately. Why do they do this? It is obvious that we cannot ever put her with the rest of the flock without protection for her. We are going to modify the coop so that she isn't caged and build a separate outdoor run just for her. I am wondering if it makes any sense to get a few young birds (peeps) and put them in with her for company? Is it likely that this red will accept a few new young birds or is this a bad idea? Any suggestions would be great. Thank you!