8 months ago we had our first injured chicken. The front of her wings were pecked as well as the base of her tail. She already had a broken middle toe on her left foot. You can see it in the picture. Poor girl! She was at the bottom of the pecking order.
We separated her and fed her lots of high protein snacks to help her grow her feathers back. Every time we let her loose with the other girls they just wouldn’t leave her alone! She wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. She was so quiet and huggable we ended up naming her Sweetie. We had to feed and free range her separately every day.
After 8 months and testing her weekly with some of the quieter hens, most of her feathers finally filled back in and she had grown quite a bit. We covered her bare spots on her back with an apron, let her loose at free ranging time and watched her.
A couple of hens came up to peck her and guess what! She fought back! She finally built up enough confidence to stand up for herself!
YAY! Sweetie is officially back in Gen Pop! (General Population)
See how good she is doing on the hens YouTube Channel: