I’m feeling devastated. We had a pair of year old hens who were a happy pair and well loved by the family. About a week ago one of them died unexpectedly. Everyone was devastated. The other hen left has been acting all moody and moping around the yard, waiting for us to come out for some company. In my haste to finding her a friend we introduced a new chook far too quickly. She is a good sized pullet about 9 weeks old. I snuck her into the coop at night and my husband woke up to check on her 5:30 this morning in case she was getting pecked. What he found was a bloody scene where the new chook had lost a whole lot of skin on her head about 2inch by 1inch, bleeding and our old chook eating away at her. I’ve cleaned her wound and sprayed her with some antiseptic spray. Is there anything else I can do for her? I saw lots of people using neosporin- it’s not available in Australia, will Bactroban be ok to use? My other dilemma is with the bigger picture- now that the old girl has had a taste for bullying and flesh, is this behaviour going to be permenant? Will she continue to bully this new hen even after she has healed/ grown up a bit/has longer to get used to her? Will she be likely to bully whoever we introduce? I don’t think we can get rid of her over the other hen but can’t see a solution. I’m feeling very guilty and upset. Wish I can rewind the clock and have a do-over. Any advice is much appreciated.