Two out of three of our laying hens have been having some issues for the last 6 months, at least. They're missing the feathers on their backs! We couldn't figure it out, and since we didn't have a rooster, we just assumed that the hen NOT missing feathers was being a bit sassy and asserting her dominance in a not-so-nice fashion. My husband came in to tell me that he has FINALLY figured out what is going on - he caught the little rat in the act. Apparently, this dominant hen has been standing on the other hen's backs and SCRATCHING THEIR FEATHERS OUT WITH HER FEET. This makes my back hurt, and I don't have feathers. *shudder* So, what do we do? We have a chicken coop that is built for 4-6 hens (and we used to have 4, but one "wandered off" one day never to return) and so now these three ladies live a life of luxury in their coop. They have plenty of food, water, and a small run underneath the coop they can scratch in. I am wondering if this is boredom due to the lack of "run" space? We used to let them free range, but when the missing hen went...well, missing...we decided that probably wasn't the best idea and haven't been able to come up with a suitable run solution since then. I am not so sure that it's a space issue though, as the dominant hen has been doing these even when we DID let them free range! So...suggestions? Do I have to turn miss sassy into dinner? Because I will, but I don't wanna. Thanks in advance!