I have six barred rock hens raised from chicks. One of the chicks had deformed crooked toes which became obvious a month or so later, but the vet said the hen should be fine since our birds are layers. However, poor Mehitabel is slower than the other hens, and has been picked on mercilessly by some of the others, and has figured out how to escape the run to avoid them (she pulls the staples out with her beak, clever girl). I've tried Vicks, but she acts like it bothers her a lot. I let her stay in the coop today to recuperate, but I guess another of the hens got out and my husband put her in the coop with Mehitabel, and when I got home, Mehitabel was bloody. I brought her inside and put her in the chick brooder cage, but I'm not sure what can be done. I'll keep her in until she's healed and her feathers grow back completely, but if they're targeting her because of the crooked toe thing, won't it just happen again? Am I doomed to have a house chicken? Should I let her be near the others in the brooder box but not in the run?