When I first got chickens I had eight different breeds but only one rooster. 25 or so total. The GLW, SLW and Aussies had bare backs. I just figured it was from picking since some breeds just don't get along. Anyhow I had three of each and all had the bare backs. Rather than make them suffer I just gave them away.
Point being sometimes barebacks aren't a sign of neglect. I'm sure you did the girls a favor by taking them.
Too I had/have the squirrel problem. Those buggers can be a pain. Even stole the wooden eggs!
Wow, nine bare backs. Was that a roo or a jackhammer!
Yeah, we are aware of the rooster/bareback connection. Pretty sure she was some rooster's favorite there! The space is smaller, but she seems ecstatic and she's gone from dull brownish-black to radiant green sheen in two days. And the other has been enjoying herself, too.
At first I saw rolling hills and thought, "man, are these guys getting a demotion?" and then I saw the marks. They've actually adjusted really rapidly, both to the flock and to us. They're also really, really loud when you pick them up - which we appreciate for security reasons.
We actually haven't had an egg stealing problem... yet. Knocking on wood.