So here's the story... I had 6 hens given to me by my sister-in-law. We live out in the country and the chickens are free range during the day, I lock them up every night. While gone one Saturday they were attacked by ??? and two were killed. One died the next day from I think the stress of the attack. In the spring we bought 6 assorted chicks from a farm store, all were supposed to be pullets. Turns out, one was a rooster, we named him Jerry. So now there are 8 hens and 1 rooster. Jerry has been doing his job protecting his girls since the summer, not problems. We initially didn't want a rooster, however with so many predators out here (I've personally seen two hawk attacks, and many fox/coyote/skunk/raccoons on the property), we like having him around. Just recently one of the hens has isolated herself. She doesn't hang around the others at all. My husband heard coyotes in the area the other night and decided to round everyone up early and lock them in the coop. Once he put the loner hen in Jerry attacked her, pecking her head. The hen is so scared to be anywhere near him, and some nights won't even put herself in the coop. We find her curled up in a corner somewhere. I isolated Jerry one day, and that too was so sad. He was so stressed out I thought he would die. We made a very tough decision to give the sweet loner chicken to a friend (she has only 3 hens currently), and we were going to take her this evening. However, now there are TWO hens hanging out away from everyone else. My question is, I simply don't know what the right thing to do is. Do we take the original loner chicken to my friend and hope the second one will integrate? Do we keep everyone and try isolation with Jerry again? Do we give away the original loner chicken, then if the second one becomes totally isolated give her away too? Get rid of Jerry and have no rooster to protect the girls? Will he keep picking on one hen no matter who we keep? I have only had chickens for about a year and I am still fairly new to this so all advice will be appreciated. I just want to do what's best for all my chickens.