Lady was my sick girl and we separated her and nursed her back to health. Afterwards the other chickens would not let her back into the flock, but she is alive and well. She has no more balance issues whatsoever, but her left wing is definitely paralyzed after her illness - we suspect Mareks. My husband built an addition to the run which shares a common fence but keeps the girls separated. We have Lady in this new addition and each day we try to let her out into the big pen for a little while. The first couple of days the other chickens immediately went after her. One of the BR's would always lead the attack and the others would follow. I then started putting in a little cracked corn and meal worms and it distracted them enough that they didn't really notice her and they would leave her alone for quite a while. It would take about 15 minutes or so before they even noticed she was there and then they would begin picking on her. I would shoo them away and pick her up. My husband seems to think that I should let it go for a minute and see if she can hold her own, but I'm of the opinion if I do that the others will join in and it would end up with Lady getting hurt. Yesterday he let her out without adding any treats to the pen and stayed with her about thirty minutes. She had one loose feather and one of the BR's began pecking at that one feather - but didn't jump on her like before. I guess I am just nervous, but I feel like it she had pulled out that one feather it wouldn't have stopped there. My question is - is this normal behavior or is picking at that one feather leading up to more aggression. We've had her separated with the fencing now going on two weeks - the same amount of time she was originally away from the flock - allowing short times, several times a day all together with constant supervision. I'm so afraid if I let her into the flock too soon and leave I will come back to an injured or dead Lady. She's definitely wanting to get back to them and they seem to be somewhat socializing through the fence. She was originally separated from the flock for over two weeks while we nursed her through her illness. Lady is definitely the pet of our flock - the most gentle and easiest going. She is also the smallest. The BO and two BR's are much larger and the Cochin is somewhat larger - but not as big as the others. Lady is a RIR. At first she was one of the biggest when they were babies - but the others quickly outgrew her. I feel sorry for her because she wants to get out in the big run so bad, but I'm just not sure. I can't stand with her all day. Is a little bit of pecking normal to begin with or should there be none at all before I walk away.