I have posted many times over the last 6 months about this subject and received some wonderful suggestions. We have a small flock of NH Reds who constantly peck at each other. About half of them are missing all of the feathers around their tails and vents and the area is constantly getting larger. We have tried everything from supplementing their diets, hanging cabbages, applying pine tar, blue kote, and on and on. Nothing has helped. Even when they were free ranging they did it. (We have had to keep them in the run of late because of a serious fox problem that already claimed one hen) It just keeps getting worse and all I can do is spray the areas with Blue Kote every few days so it doesn''t look so red and attract more pecking. At this point it seems like it is just habit and now that I am raising a new batch of chicks (all breeds that were chosen for being docile) I am hesitant to introduce them to a flock of pecker heads So do I just keep spraying them and then process my NH's when I am ready to move the new pullets out to the coop? Or do I put them out of their misery now? They are making me crazy and it looks absolutely terrible. Any thoughts?