Help! We have a domestic violence case in our yard... and we are very worried about what to do with some of our chicks! For those who have not read our first two posts... "Henrietta" our hen, and her 13 baby chicks just "appeared" in our yard one day about a month ago... (abandoned by former neighbors). "Rascal"... the pop of all these chicks, came around for 2 or 3 days, and got hit by a car trying to cross the highway to go back over to the former "roosting place." So, what could we do with Henrietta and her brood? It was either "adopt them"... or try to find home/homes for them... but in the meantime, we had to do something to keep them for incurring the same fate as Rascal. We "invested" a lot of time/energy/and $ on materials... put up a fence, built a small "roosting hut" and have purchased cracked corn and a multi-grain/seed feed. We don't know what breed they are, but are leaning towards some type of game variety. We looked at dozens of pictures on the web but can't positively identify from what we've seen thus far. We have spent literally hours..................... being "Mother's helpers." It has been a joy to care for them and watch the chicks grow. Every day we go bug-hunting! under trash bins/bricks/rocks/etc. and sometimes, we dig for worms where we dump our grass clippings. Henrietta feels a little less skeptical now and sometimes even comes running when I call her... "she knows I have bugs in my little bucket." It's fun to watch all the chicks chase the bugs. The chicks "were" sooooooooooo precious... tiny/fluffy/cute... in the first couple of weeks. Now they are 3-4 times bigger/feathered/and "somewhat" ugly As they have gotten older and bigger... some of them have now gotten mean! Now some of the "previously precious" ones are becoming "pitiful!" For the last couple of weeks we noticed that some of them would challenge each other... bump chests and step back and stare at each other, or chase each other around. Or some would pick "little" fights... but we thought they were just growing/playing/maybe establishing authority/pecking order. Is there a full-moon out there? Today, something changed! Some of the chicks have declared "war" on others... who are getting their heads "pecked to the point of bloodshed"... or their head/necks "held"... until they jerk loose or the bully lets it go! There are at least two (maybe more) chicks who have obviously "lost" the battles, and they either are being shunned, or just stay away from the rest of the chicks because of fear of the bully(ies). The fighting is very frightening to watch... and we have become anxious that the injured ones might actually be killed if it keeps up. I was so scared that one time today, a fight was in session and the two didn't even run when I came near to try to break them up! I even managed to separate them-- maybe the weaker one-- and I locked it in the "roosting hut" for a while. It cried so much I let it out. (And I wanted to cry We NEVER expected that one day we would worry about them killing one another! Today, we have begun to wonder if that might happen if we don't intervene! If the violent fighting is a "cock" or rooster trait... we think we now can tell which ones they are. We now "eat, drink & sleep" concern for these chickens... who have truly "taken over our lives" for about 30 days! Can some of you please give us advice on what we should do? Or... Can you point me to a website where I could read more about "game chicks" behaviors and what to expect?