hi all! my lil easter egger has sent my rir to the vet today! she's alright, though - and will be much better once her pecked-at vent heals up!!! naughty easter egger... my vet advises (and i gather as much from reading posts on the topic) that vent picking can be a very hard habit to break once started, and my other girls can pick it up as well. WHY must they peck each other to this extent??? can't we all just get along??? sigh. my quandry is this: my vet says that if i don't want to risk (and i don't) my rir or one of my two red stars getting pecked this badly again (and my husband really really doesn't want the vet bill again.... eeep.) that i should consider housing my easter egger separately from the other girls. soooooooo. anyone have thoughts/experience in housing someone separate from the flock on a permanent basis? if we did this, we'd build her her own coop right next door to the other girls' coop so that they'd be hanging out right on the other side of wire from each other all day. she'd just be roosting by herself in her own house at night. i think i'd probably still let them all free range together since they are WAY too busy eating tasty bugs for peckage to happen (they free range in our yard for about an hour a day). what do you guys think? would she be happy like that? or would she be better off if i found her a new home with a bigger flock/more space and time to free range? the vet even suggested that we could move her to her own coop and bring in a new friend for her, someone better able to "hold her own" with an americauna. i dunno about that... how the heck would i know she wouldn't just get busy pecking at someone new????????? (in the meantime, i have plans for separating my rir for her recuperation time.) opinions are much appreciated in advance!!!