Ok, so we have 3 birds left (after giving them away) of the chicks that hatched before halloween. Two pullets and a cockerel... Anyway, I got a call while I was out today "THE BABY CHICK HAS ITS BEAK RIPPED OFF!!" okay, no, not really, just an overexaggeration, but her tail and the top of her head were plucked and dripping blood.... her feathers were stuck together with blood and blood was runnong off her head and dripping off her beak. Just two days previous we had released the trio into the rest of the coop to roam with the other birds. We seperated her, and I actually came home and gave her a bath, as she's been trying to escape the moronic older hens by crouching down, inevitably in this HORRID MUD that we are having right now, and dad's injured so he only has so much time when my brother is not doing school to try and finish putting the tin roof on the yard... anyway, her feathers were worthless for insulation, being stuck with mud and blood, so I gave her a bath (mild dawn soap) and blow dried her off and stuck her in the garage with a heat lamp and a 50/50 damp mash of oatmeal and pellets. I will give her some pedialyte tomorrow if she is still doing okay. what can i do to prevent this? I really hate to use pine tar because it destroys and filthifies feathers so badly... Should I go investigate the other birds, and if I find one with a bunch of blood on her beak, wring her stupid little neck? Seriously, I am tired of these idiot birds trying to kill new additions. I was planning on getting a batch of 6-8 new chicks in a few weeks, but I don't know how it will work if they act like this!! I'm almost wondering if it is even worth it to try and save this little hen... it's going to take a week or two for her injuries to heal up, and if the other birds see anything "out of the ordinary" they will of course go at her again. >.<. Grr, sorry if this is rant-like, it's just so frusturating! Edited to add: Oh, I wanted to say, she's not acting like she's in shock-- she's alert and curious, although not eating, and she responded well to being bathed and blowdried, and even preened herself during/after the process. She is contentedly sitting under the heatlamp... again, still haven't seen her try and eat anything though.