Hey everyone! ***First time chicken keeper here!!*** I have 9 chickens, 8 months old. One Dark Brahma Roo, 2 Rhode Island Red hens, 5 black Araucana hens, and one Barred Rock hen. We are just starting to get into winter here and I noticed this morning my roo had a bloody waddle, a few feather missing on his neck and some blood stains on his breast feathers. I'm very diligent at watching over my flock and have yet to notice a culprit. This afternoon when I went back out it seemed as though it had dried up and nothing new to report. Watched them for quite a while and again no hens being naughty. I let them be with their evening cracked corn, went back out later on to close up coop and bring in water and noticed the wound had reopened :/ It seems to be just on the one waddle, nothing anywhere else. He is a very docile roo, he backs away to let the hens eat, and he's almost always the last one in the coop at night. I do not let them free roam, was thinking about letting them do it next spring until we had one of our 'rehabilitating' hens get taken out by a rather large red tail hawk. So they will be in their coop from now on. We plan on making a chicken 'breezeway' into another coop area in the spring but for now they have a decent size run and coop. They have 12 nesting boxes(over kill, I know!), two roosts, a large platform where they all seem to roost up at night in the coop. Outside they have two large roosting branches, and old chimney flue tube thing, and a few stones to stand on. Any ideas as to why all of the sudden my roo is being picked on? Should I separate him until he is all healed? What ointment/cream/powder stuff can I put on him to keep them from going after him while he heals (he is a rather large rooster and if I can I'd like to leave him in with his ladies!) Should I add more stuff for them to keep them busy and if so suggestions please! I give them all of our veggies and fruit scraps (the ones that are safe of course) as well as layer pellets, cracked corn, mealworms on occasion, and warm oatmeal on the cold mornings (they love it!) If any of you can think of anything, or need further info please let me know, thank you!