We have 9 hens and a Rooster, 7 hens are Rhode Island and 2 are Red Rock Cross. For the first part of last year (their first) they all lived happierly with each other and showed no problems. During winter we noticed feather loss, and put it down to molting orginally. But then it went from 1 hen to another etc and i stayed in their house for awhile during the day to see how they were behaving and noticed afew hens were pulling out the other hens feathers and eating them. We went through all the idea's of being stuck in the house as the temps drop very low where we live (down to -40), so we made sure they had stimulation and before we had the chickens we built a very large house just because of the winter. Always made sure they had cooked oatmeal every day in the winter and put in whole cabbage, lettuce etc.....anyway, still didn't stop the feather eating. Now we are in spring and they have been outside again for afew months now and still they are pecking each others feathers. I am running out of trial remedies and need suggestions, we have brought some dog clipping scissors and as much as i don't want to de beck, it looks like our very last option might be at hand, either that or they will be culled out and made into chicken pot pie........really need some inspiring idea's as we are getting rather feather tied on this issue. And now just to made matters more complicated, their brown egg's are turning pale to white and afew are laying soft shelled...sigh, what are we doing wrong?