I am thinking of butchering one of the Sussex hens. I only have 5 hens right now. She's pecking the feathers off of one of the EE's and it was the EE's doing the majority of the laying until about 8 weeks ago. I have been doing research on the topic and I am finding that separating the culprit for a few weeks might solve it or butchering would be the better option to prevent cannibalism. The EE's and Australorp are my favorites so I'd have no problem with butchering her and making stew. I don't have separate areas to contain them and ordinances required that they must be contained so free range is NOT an option where I am at. I also read getting a rooster might solve it at well. Any thoughts or suggestions? The roost/coop is 36 sq ft and the run is 50 sq ft, I'll group 3 pallets up this week and add another 16 just in case. They are being fed the 16% pellet, plus a cup of warm oatmeal with meal worms and sunflower seeds. They are also getting a scratch that is more seed mixed with some corn as a treat. They have 3 gallon heated water container.