- Jul 5, 2011
We recently aquired 4 chicks about two months old. 3 freedom ranger hens and one chick that was found wounded in a pasture. She was an all white chick who leaned to one side and had a limp. She was named ilean buy the former owners. She was doing quite well eating like a horse and getting around as best she could. Her feathers were coming in nicely. We introduced them to our 8 month old americana and RIR mixed hen via a split coop a week ago. Yesterday we took out the divider . Today I found her outside under the coop and our 8 month old had pecked her head open. Her breathing was very shallow. We decided to put her out of her misery. My question is now that my 8 month old has pecked and tasted blood will she terrorize the other three hens? Is she wowrth keeping? She should start laying eggs in the next month or so. I 'm so distraught after caring for ilean. I don't even want to look at my 8 month old. I realize there is a pecking order but I never in my wildest dreams thought they would peck to bring blood. I honestly thought they would protect one that was injured. Guess I have a lot to learn.