I hope this is the right section. My rationale is that my eight new birds from someone else are "under new management", and that my group of questions may be seen in the light of a new manager's issue. It happened like this: Neighbour 1: I'm getting rid of a lot of my flock...too much work, too much of my time. Want some birds? Me: Oh, wow, if you'd asked me a year ago, I'd have jumped at the chance! But I have lots of my own, now. [logical voice] Neighbour 2: I'd love some, but I can't get a coop built before spring; too much on my plate. Me: Oh, I need to build a new coop anyhow because I want to do meat birds next summer. How about I chicken-sit the birds you want over winter, and you take them when you have your coop ready in spring? [chicken-addicted voice]. So now I find myself with 6 EE or Ameraucanas, 1 SLW, and 1 GLW. The issues: -they are naked from a few roosters too many -they are picking each other's feathers and drawing blood in some cases (winter is coming, and they're already half-plucked for the roaster, with red skin--should it be red?) -the GLW has zero self-esteem. She is somewhere under the bottom rung of the pecking order. She stands hunched with her head in the corner, while other birds peck her. She is sort of friends with the SLW, who sometimes "stands guard" in front of her and looks as stern as an eagle. It's not that they never pick each other's feathers either, but they seem to have some sort of agreement. I have read on this site that feather picking can mean a protein deficiency. I boiled and mashed an egg for the girls, which went down a treat. But I only have two eggs left in the house, and with 21 birds supposedly of laying age, it seems wrong to go buy eggs to feed to the chickens! I live a long way from town, too--2 hours each way. Could I grind up some high-protein, high-quality dog kibble as a supplement, at least temporarily? I also have heard that Stop-Pick or Blue Kote will make raw spots less desirable to pick at, and I will ask the next person going in to town to pick some up for me. Is there anything in this situation that it seems obvious I should be doing? Putting them all in solitary confinement did cross my mind, but it is not practical, and probably wouldn't be effective in the long run!