Hello! We have hens that are losing their back feathers to the point of being bald now. It started with one or two and we butchered all but one of our roosters to eliminate the problem. We now have one Buff Orpington rooster running with 21 hens. In the last week I've started noticing several hens becoming completely bare on their backs. Personally, I hate this and it bothers me because it seems that I must not be doing a good job taking care of my chickens. Is this unavoidable if there is a rooster with the hens? Is this a big deal if it happens? Any experienced keepers out there?? I just received 3 aprons in the mail today to try. Although, now I need about 5-6 more. For some reason this seems kind of silly to me. Did our grandparents do this with their chickens? Finally, will trimming our rooster's toenails help with this? Thanks!!