Hello everyone, Please forgive me if this has been covered already, the few posts I was able to find that sort of relate didn't quite apply to my situation. I am a very new chicken keeper, and have raised four hens from chicks, born in April. About 6 weeks ago, I was at my local supply store, and saw a beautiful little bantam. The owner told me that someone had brought her in because they were moving and couldn't take her, then asked if I wanted her. I was so taken by her, that I said yes, without doing any research on the topic at all. I threw her right in the coop, a mistake I now know, but luckily it seems that everyone is healthy. The issue is that my other hens (all full size) HATE her. They go out of their way to block her from the food, the won't roost with her, and I've seen them hold her down and violently peck the back of her neck. I thought things would calm down, but it's been at least 6 weeks and it's still just as bad, and now the bald spot on the back of her neck where they peck her is getting scabby. I'm also worried because the nights are starting to get pretty cold up here in New England and if they are not roosting together, I'm worried my little bantam will get too cold. So, to make a long story slightly shorter, I'm wondering if its better to return her to the place I got her, give her away, or keep her and hope she's okay. I feel so bad for her in my coop, but another new home seems rough as well. I could really use some sage advice from more experienced chicken people! Thank you, Amy P.S. The bantam must be older than my other hens, because she started laying about 3 weeks ago, and the others are not yet laying. Could this also be part of the issue? Thanks in advance.