pecked (picked) chicken......what to do!!!
we have 12, 3 week old chicks. one has been pecked in the neck twice now. the first time the chicks were still in the kitchen and i saw the incident when it happened and was able to remove her from the box immediately. at that time we had just a regular incandescent bulb providing heat. after doing some reading, we switched to a red "heat" bulb and were able to put the pecked chick back in with the others after she got herself cleaned up. well, a few days ago we moved the chicks to the garage and into bigger living quarters. we still have the heat lamp for warmth (between 80 and 85 degrees)......the same chick has been pecked again. didn't catch it as quick this time, so the situation was a bit bloodier. anyway...brought her in, tried to clean her up best as i could and isolated her in a different box inside the house since i can't provide heat for her out in the garage in a separate box. so....this chick seems to have taken a liking to me (calls when she can't see/hear me, jumps on my arm as soon as i put my hand in the box, and generally tries to escape her enclosure if she sees me around). i don't think she's eating as much and now today she made herself bleed again (didn't see how she did it). so i'm not sure what to do with her. my questions are:
1) can i do anything to help her wound heal quicker?
2) is there a reason she may be picking herself?
3) how long can this chick be away from the other chicks? (i have attempted placing her back in the box with the others and they peck her right away)
4) and in general what else can i do?
as you may figure this is our first go with chickens.