alright i think this needs more attention and more discussion. Ok a couple things to understand. They got adequate space. We read the book before we put up the coup up. They have a house and a huge court yard. We have added extra protein. But I saw something here in your replies that made sence. Yes they are bored because I can't let them out. They are confined and best solution I have found that at least eases the problem is spreading scratch all over the court yard. It keeps the busy but not for long. I also let them out 1 hour a day each day. Nothing beats the grass and bugs that they want. I can't let them free rage because we have the worst killers in my area. The hawks. If i let them go into the wide open without supervision they will be slaughtered in a day and we can't have roosters by law. They don't pluck each other when they are free ranging. But what I want to know is:
Growing their feathers back is my concern here. Because if they grow them back then they will stop picking at each other. I need to figure out a couple of factors here. So if they are molting so how long does molting last? Maybe molting lasts longer than i think...but for now I suspect they are eating either each others or their own young sprouting feathers. Perhaps the have lice or something that is eating the feathers? Because someone mentioned when they are molting they don't lay..well my hens lost feathers on their back but they are laying alright...i get close to 1 egg per hen a day, while i don't get 23 eggs we come close...Yet i strongly don't think lice are the case because I am not seeing signs of lice or mites. Also someone suggested knitting jackets. That is not an option because it is hot here. But cute idea thou. Next someone suggested using vicks...well then I read on these forums that vicks is dangerous and it will or can kill chickens and human...what? clarify please. When you guys let me know these things...put an explanation please because I am a noob so I need to know what you are talking about. Well alright hopefully this gives more insight.