I'm at my wits end with my poor rooster. He is a sultan with pretty heavy foot feathering. Over the last month he has been breaking blood feathers on his feet every few days and I cannot figure out why. At first, I thought maybe one of the girls was pecking at his feet causing the issue, since I did see one do so on one occassion and she was pretty interested in them. So I placed him in his own fenced area with the rest of the girls, but they cannot get to him. Yet he is STILL breaking them every few days, even when he is by himself. It is just not making sense to me at all. The rest of his feathers are gorgeous. Very healthy looking feathers. I've checked him about 1000 times for mites or lice and have seen no indications of either. I've even checked during the night with a flash light for those nasty nocturnal ones. One of the only things I can think of as the cause is that we recently switched the flocks feed from an all flock feed (18% protein) to a layer (16%) since we had a big issue with the feed store getting the flock raiser. They were unable to get the feed anymore. So we are switching his food back (going to a different store & really hoping they have it) to see if that makes a difference. He is also very active and tends to fly around a lot, and smashing his feet into everything. I have tried trimming his crest to help him see better but it doesn't seem to make a difference and they grow back so quickly. One feather broke tonight while I was just holding him in my lap. The tip seemed to just break off and sort of peel down the feather. I even found the small piece that broke off. It happened when he went to turn around in my lap, nothing forceful at all. I cannot understand how such a small amount of pressure can be causing these feathers to break. I had blood all down my leg before I even knew it was bleeding. I'd be thankful for any suggestions from anyone. Here's a photo of him.. you can see the blue kote on the area of his feet where he is breaking them.