My hens (18) have been pecking the feathers from my one and only pet rooster. He's got bald spots around his neck, rump and tail, the skin has sores and very red and irritated. Why are they doing this and what can I do to make them stop? I've searched the forum and have come up with threads relating to hens pecking at hens because of low protein in their diet or boredom but can't find anything on hens pecking the rooster. I currently have him in a crate in the basement waiting for his feathers to come back in. It's too cold to keep Ozzie outside in his condition. Please help.