I found this site recently, and love the way everyone shares their knowledge. I have books and i get the magazine, but still don't know what to do about my hens. I have 11 laying hens, 10 Barred Rocks and 1 red (Helen Reddy) for eggs. Although I raised them all together from a few days old (around May 2008), I had to remove Helen from the flock last winter after the BR's started to attack her and pick at her - I think they killed the other red hen that was in with them. I got the BRs because I always thought the breed was pretty, but my BRs never look good - they always have bald spots and pick marks and seem to be quite disagreeable with each other. They have a large chicken house and a large fenced in yard, plenty to eat, fresh water, no lice . I'm thinking of going back to all NH Reds, which I had a few years ago. The NH reds never had this scruffy look to them, they didn't fight with each other, and I think their eggs were browner too. Any ideas about what I'm doing wrong with these Barred Rocks?