Hi everyone, This is my first post, but I've been coming to BYC for advice since I first got my chicken flock! I have 5 hens and 1 roo, which I got as chicks last spring. The hens started laying at the end of the summer and they've always been a happy family until the past month or so. Now there's trouble in paradise and I could use some advice on management of my little flock. I started to notice that one of my hens (Betty) was loosing some of the feathers between her wings. I came to BYC and saw that this was likely due to my roo over-breeding her. Then one day Betty had a big bloody hole in the side of her neck. My guess is that my roo bit her while breeding her (or trying to pin her down to breed her) and then the hens pecked at it and turned it into a big gash. Back to BYC for advice! I cleaned it up and separated her in her own section of the coop for a week until it had healed. She's back with the group now but everyone is being really terrible to her! She is bullied to the point where they won't let her eat or drink. She spends most of her time on a perch, and only comes down to eat/drink when I'm there to keep the others away from her, or after dark when all the other chickens have perched for the night. The two main culprits seem to be the alpha hen and the roo (he is still always chasing her around). I've also noticed that 2 of the other hens are now loosing their saddle feathers too. Is my rooster particularly un-gentleman-like? I know that I should have a 10:1 ratio and am planning on getting more pullets in the spring. Until then though, should I try out some hen saddles on the girls? I don't want them missing too many feathers since I live in Canada and our winters are very cold! Or should I just separate my rooster? And what can I do to help poor Betty? Here are a couple pics of the feather loss on Betty's back. Does this look like typical over-breeding?