Just today I happened to witness one of my hens violently rip out feathers from another one of hen's (Lily) butt. I then noticed that Lily's backside is all bloody. It was not like this yesterday. Then Gobbles has a bare butt, Al has a bit of blood but not much. They've been going through a weird mid-winter molt. This is my first time keeping chickens through the winter. It's been a weird one, what with it melting and freezing every couple days. Penny still has frost bite on her foot which was getting better but now that it melted and froze again, I think I'll have to bring her back into the garage. Except that Lily is in there with her bloody but and my parents will not let me keep four chickens in the garage, which wouldn't help anyway because they're all pecking. My mom's going to wash her off and then we'll assess the damage. She's not actively bleeding but there's a lot of fresh blood. I'm sorry, this post is all over the place. What I'm asking is, if you've dealt with excessive feather pecking, how did you treat it? They were out of food (not for long, though), so could it be because they were hungry? Could they also be protein deficient? How can I raise their protein besides sunflower seeds? Can it be because they're cramped? It's winter and it's dark when everyone gets home so they don't go out much/don't want to. Any advice would be highly appreciated. It seems like winter brings the most problems if you're not prepared for them. I will update on what we're doing and can give pictures if they'd be helpful.