I have read all the old threads on this and have a couple of ??? What I thought was heavy molt has turned into feather picking on a couple of my girls. They are similar looking-redish X of some sort. Anyway, read that you can make your own Hot pick type ointment with peppers and vasaline. My questions is that some of the areas that are picked are a little red. Wouln't any type of product be it Hot Pick, blue kote or homemade-hurt the poor chicken if the skin is sore? I don't want to hurt the birdies but this has to stop. I don't know who is doing the picking and the birds have a huge coop and free range in a huge area for daylight hours. There is no light in the coop and they are getting the time off from laying. Great diet and very healthy. This has just started in the last couple of weeks. We don't have a roo and hubby won't let me get one.