My rooster lord of 3 hens did a valiant thing last week and took on a coon after telling the girls to go inside the coop. I had them out free ranging and was gardening nearby so heard the screaming (the coon was yowling horrifyingly) in time for (eventually, he was in the brambles) scare off the coon and save the rooster with only seconds to spare. We were so proud of our roo who had only lost all his tail feathers. There didn't seem to be any need to do anything about it as it looked like it would all grow back. But now a week later one of the hens (will go back and confirm if it is only one) has been picking at his butt like she is at a buffet. Maybe it is really only little feathers she is picking and this may have happened because they haven't had as much free range time and she's getting bored (now it has to be supervised, the neighbourhood is lousy with coons and apparently people who feed them) but his butt now is much barer and red rashy looking. I know I need to separate them but if she is the only offender I would rather try to separate her (easier, I think). Do you think it is just a matter of time before the others start???? Is there anything I can spray on his butt (that's as close as he will let me get) like hydrogen peroxide to make sure nothing gets infected??? I've got to do something right away but first I will watch to see if the others are doing it. We have a largish portable dog carrier but in this heat it seems unfair to keep any of them in it. The only other choice is to lure one of them into a separate area outside the coop but encased in hardware cloth. (I did this to the roo last fall when he seemed sick and he didn't like it but got better). Here's another odd sick possibility. They have slowed down to only one or two eggs a day and I have suspected that one hasn't been laying, the pecker. But in the last 2 days we have had 3 eggs twice.....is she needing protein??? We have been giving them layer pellets same as usual and don't usually give them too many treats (sunflower seeds being the most common). I don't understand why the roo is putting up with this, he just looks a little stunned and doesn't seem to know what is going on. He is actually such a gentlemen and always finds food for them and lets them eat first....if one of them had to go into the stew pot I think I would rather it was her. I will check back soon to look for advice....kind of panicked here.