This is my first post, so I hope to provide all of you with the right amount of information to get some help. We recently had five girls, 2 reds, 2 bantams and what I am guessing to be a skittish silky. They were raised from chicks and all pretty hearty and healthy. Once the bantams started laying, they lost some feathers on their bottoms. I didn't think much of it until I opened the coop and found one dead. She looked like nothing had happened, she was on her side. Then I picked her up and turned her over only to find a gaping hole. I mean, it took my breath away. She had been almost eviscerated by her sisters. The coop had been on lock down, so it wasn't another animal, but I didn't want to believe it to be true. After reading the forum I was hoping that maybe there had been some sort of issue with her heart stopping while laying. I don't know, who wants to believe that one animal that has been with another since day one could do that?! Her sister hung around for some time, but in time we found her the same way. I can't express the guilt that came with this moment, realizing that I should have intervened long before. Now I fear for the silky... They had left her alone but the other day I noticed she was being pecked. I removed her, sprayed her minor wound above her tail feathers with blu-kote (and myself, too) and separated her. The feathers on her bottom are starting to come back but she is absolutely losing it being by herself. I sprayed her again this morning and let them all out to get some free ranging in only to find the reds immediately at her. Its not necessarily aggressive, but I definitely don't want it to happen at all. I put her in her separate kennel where they can all see each other, but she is unhappy. What do I do??? Do I need to keep her separate until all of her feathers come back? Are the reds naturally more aggressive towards other birds? If I separate her until her feathers come back in, will she be able to be reintroduced without completely disrupting their order? I need some help!!!! ANY feedback is appreciated. I am sure I have left some important things out so please feel free to ask for more information. Thanks a bunch!