My beautiful frizzle has lost so much feathering over the past couple of weeks. My first thought was that the rooster was over mating with her. I made her a chicken apron which hasn't fit the best, but even on the days she was wearing it, the feathers were still falling off. For the past week, I've been separating her from the rest of the flock except for a few hours during the day when they are playing out in the yard. The main rooster follows her around and won't let the other roos go near her. She is the darling of the flock and even gets the first food. I have never witnessed any of the other hens peck at her. If they get close when she's eating, she will set them in their place. A few of the feathers have fallen off when I pick her up. I don't know what to do to help her. She lays an egg almost everyday for the past five weeks. When I pick her up, even the feathers left are very prickly and sharp. I know it's painful for her. I've also worried that perhaps she is a frazzle. Would that not show up until she is six months old? The first picture is from July. It's from her back side. ((I promise that she does have a head.. she's bending over eating)). The second is from a few minutes ago.
Any advice or treatment would be greatly appreciated. She is my favorite bird... the one that comes running when I go into the backyard and follows me while I do my chores. She's precious and sweet. Would neosporin help? Or sunscreen? or sell the rooster???