Hi all I've been lurking for the last 9 months and have learned so much, but finally thought up a question I couldn't already find answered! Here's my problem: My chickens love feathers. I've seen every one of them eating feathers. But of course there is one that is the worst plucker. I'm feeding high quality, organic 18% protein food free choice 24/7, plus freely available BOSS 24/7. But they're still picking each others feathers out. All the hens but one have bare bottoms, and one is pretty much nude below the wings. Poor things! and it's been below freezing for about a month. A couple of the hens have feathers on their backs also nipped short, including the hen who is the worst pecker (she's the one that still has feathers on her bum) I've tried extra protein (can of tuna fish daily, shared amongst the 8 hens). I've tried hanging up a cabbage for them to hop up and pick at (they love it) as well as other greens. I rarely give them mixed corn any more as I'm afraid it dilutes the protein percentage. They often get yogurt in their food as well. I've tried a dried seaweed supplement, and Chicken Spice (but not Avia Charge, which I can't get because I'm in England...although next trip to the USA I will buy some!). I also tried the pinless peepers, but they still plucked with gleeful abandon. And as a last resort I even tried trimming back the worst offender's beak, but found I can't bear to do it far enough back to make a difference. So...I thought if I can't beat it, perhaps I could leave feathers laying around, and they could eat them as they wish. Might this stop them plucking? Does anyone do that? And...how could I get feathers? I've never seen any for sale, but maybe there are people who have loads laying around after processing? Thanks in advance for any advice! My husband's been after me for months, to ask the forum what to do about this problem, but I thought I'd try all the posted suggestions first. Jen PS I've got 8 hybrid hens. Aged about 7 months to 1 year old. They live in a coop (shed) which is 30 feet sq and leads out into a 90 square foot dirt run. They occasionally get to free-roam in the garden.