So the first 4 months I had my 4 hens I never had any trouble out of them as far as fighting goes. I never really saw a dominant one. Then, soon after the hens starting laying 2 hens starting to eat the back feathers of the other 2 hens. It got so bad that I had to buy those "Chicken Saddles" for the 2 that's backs were literally being pecked to bare skin. After wearing the saddles for close to a month, I checked and yesterday all of the feathers had grown back in so beautifully. I removed the saddles yesterday afternoon, and now, 24 hours later almost half of ALL of their back feathers are GONE! I have read that chickens with low protein levels eat feathers, but I feed them Purina Feed, 18% protein, and they free range a half hour to an hour a day, and they are given meal worm treats, or black sunflower seed treats daily. They lay consistently 3-4 eggs a day, big beautiful, hard-shelled brown eggs. In short - I do not want to have to have half my flock wear saddles for the rest of their life, especially when I have no rooster for the very reason! Please give me some advice, tips, suggestions!