a question for those of you who are, like me, "pet" byc owners... what would you do if you were in my shoes? we have 4 chickens (ee'r, rir, 2 "red stars"), all raised together and now 1yr old. last summer, one of the girls got an injury near her vent (what happened, i have no idea - which came first, the pecking or the injury???) - but doesn't matter - the result was a LARGE vet bill (although i count myself lucky to know an avian vet who sees chickens...) and a LONG battle to stop the constant feather picking that began because of it. the main picker is my ee'r - who is overall a flightier more skittish hen than the other girls. she's fine with me (although she hates to be picked up and runs from me) but runs from my husband and kids and is the most standoffish of the bunch (understand, though - standoffish with my girls means she STANDS the farthest away at treat time, which puts her at 10" from my hands instead of 1" from my hands......). i read up on alllllllll of the potential causes of picking - and we've remedied as many as we could think of as triggers: enlarged their outdoor run to 8x10, added sunflower and yogurt, started making SURE that they are getting at least 2hours a day free ranging time in the yard, handful of scratch in their house at night so that they have something to do in the morning if i don't make it out to let them out as SOON as they wake up, leaves in the run to scratch around in, etc. i've also had to resort to a no-pick lotion to get the picking to stop. (there is now a second victim to the picking.) both girls with naked skin showing are starting to grow feathers back, but i've found that if i'm not out there putting the lotion on every day or every other day, the examining-the-new-little-feathers-and-plucking-them starts again. i've seen one other chicken take aswipe once or twice, but nothing like the frequency of our ee'r. grrrr. i really really don't want to get rid of her - but i just don't know if getting her to stop this is any kind of a realistic hope or not. IF i rehome her, she'll be going over to a friend's house (who is well aware of the problems i've been having with her) to see if just being the new kid in a new flock (who get to have free range in her backyard all day, every day) breaks the naughty habit. i should add, my friend's girls are very tolerant of new guys - she had to rehome her rooster and brought home a new rescue hen, pet sat a new chicken, etc. with no issues from her ladies. so, again.... if you were me, and LOVED your lil stupid feather-picking chicken, would you keep trying or send her on to a new home? thanks!