I am a city girl that is doing her best to learn, live off the land, and just getting in to livestock. Chickens are my 1st adventure. That said, I work where we sell chicks once a year for a period of a few weeks. I have been the one for the last 4 years to take care of the sick, injured chicks at work, and when it has required, have brought them home to finish taking care of them. I have one hen, that was so badly injured, that I didn't think would survive. She had a severe neck wound, from the others pecking her, almost opened side to side. Should have let the guys do the deed that sometimes needs to be done. BUT, I felt there was hope.....there was. Now I have a 17 week old leghorn, that started laying for me at 15 1/2 weeks. She is the meanest, nastiest, witch of a hen, to the other hens, I have ever seen. My other hens are terrified, and only 2 out of 6 are laying and they are going on 20 weeks. I feel there is so much tension from daily, hourly attacks on them, they are afraid, literally, to walk into the coop. Let alone relax enough to lay. I have her BACK in the crate, but with the other hens, inside the coop at night, and outside during the day. The others get along just peachy, and tonight closing up shop, was such a joy, without the brutal attacks to all the other hens. She is so sweet to me......how do you end a life, you saved, that is so sweet to you???? How do you all do it??? I am hoping that there is something that is not right in my coop, outddoor run, food, something that makes her the way she is. ?? Or maybe she just is a witch, and needs to go? Why am I having such a hard time with this????