One of my hens has a gash on either side of her back. The skin is split, but theres no bleeding. I have isolated her, but not medicated her. I dont have any Blue-Kote; is neosporin ointment okay until I can get some? Or should I not traumatize her any further? She had holed up in a favorite nest and I didnt want the other hens bothering her, so I moved her to the brooder box. I had thought my hens were molting; the feathers around their heads are missing, and on 4 of them their backs are completely bare. But now I have to think the rooster is responsible. Is this common or is he just really bad at his job? The hen to rooster ratio is 11 to 1; is that too few? They are all one-year-olds, plus two (one of each flavor) that we hatched out in November. Only 2 of the 11 do not have bright red combs, and were getting around 6 eggs a day right now. I would really like to hatch a clutch if anyone decides to go broody (they are Buff Orpingtons) but not at the expense of the hens well-being! You guys have been such a wealth of information for me. I really need your advice on this. Do you think its the rooster? What do I do now?