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Chickens missing feather?!? New, Please help!!!

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So, we just got 4 chickens (2 Rhode Island Red and 2 Plymouth Rock) four days a ago. Today, I noticed the one is missing some feathers on her neck (you can see the skin)  and another has a few missing on her back (no skin seen). One of the hens is a little meaner to the others and we think it is her. They are free-range all day and only go into the coup to lay and at night. When my dad made the coup, he only made three nest boxes. Is this a problem? What should I do about the missing feathers? I'm really worried and don't know what to do. 

 

NOTE: Two hens have nose rings and two don't. The one that picks of the others doesn't have one. I don't know if any other the others are picking too.

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Nose rings? Could you post a picture? Is it possible you have a rooster? If not it could just easily be a bully hen :3

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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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Here are all four

 

 

 

This is the nose ring

 

I know it's not a rooster since all four lay eggs. 

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