I'm looking for advice on what is more humane? I have 7 chickens, 3 Rhode Island Reds, and 4 white Orpingtons. This fall I had 2 Rhode Island Reds that had their back feathers at the base of their tail feathers pecked out and then pecked at to the point of having an open wound. I got two extra large dog kennels and put them both in their own in my garage and treated them with wound cleaner as well as fed them a high protein feather fixer feed. The two chickens in the garage are now fully feathered with wounds healed (they don't look 100% normal as their new feathers are less mature looking than the rest of their body) but my dilemma is I don't think I want to return them to the flock because the others are getting along well, producing and seem happy... Better than when the other two were with them... 1 of the 2 in the garage is driving me nuts! Acts completely neurotic... Monday discovered she likes eating her own eggs... shel and all... and I can't beat her to the egg, she rips it apart as soon as she lays it.... they both produce eggs smaller somewhat less healthy looking than the rest of the flock and in general are taking more attention and care while stressing me out and producing less... I feel terrible but the more I realize I don't want to disrupt the others with these two the more I feel agitated with the other two... when they are wreaking havoc I could almost follow suit and either "cull" them (quickly i.e. I'm thinking shotgun blast) or take them in the woods and let them go... but I'm struggling a little with what is the more humane way to handle it... I read an article about how to train a chicken not to eat their eggs but I honestly don't have the time or energy nor desire to clean up mustard or dish soap from the kennel and from what I read if the other chickens see this they may follow along and start eating their eggs... the second of the two in the garage for the most part seems sweet natured / timid but again smaller less healthy looking egg production and I don't want to disrupt the ones that are living well and producing. I have asked a few locals that have chickens and no one wants them as they may disturb their flocks... letting an animal that needs a social environment that has been hand fed and raised in captivity free in the woods seems slightly inhumane to me too though. The time I've spent healing their wounds and getting their feathers back in has definitely stressed me and taken away time from the rest of the flock.. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!