I know there is a peck order among chickens and that someone has to be on the bottom. I get that. But sometimes it's hard to watch. My 2 barred rocks seem to be the bottom 2. They've lost a lot of the contour feathers at the base of their tails , apparently from being picked at. The lowest girl is a bit red and raw under the downy patch left and there is a small wound, no major bleeding at this time. She is often off by herself; after everyone else walks away from the scratch grains we put out, she'll go over and pick around for whatever may be left. Yesterday, while minding her own business in a dust-flying wallow, the EE went over and gave her 2 hard jabs to the back of her head. I know I can't change the behavior but, as I said, it's hard to watch sometimes. And I'm concerned about them doing some serious damage to this poor pitiful hen. She's so sweet, didn't mind at all when I picked her up to examine her back. She seemed to be at a good weight, so it doesn't appear she is being kept from food and water. For a while, I thought perhaps they were pulling out their own feathers b/c sometimes there are quite a few of their feathers in the nest box. Now I'm thinking some of the abuse is taking place when they are trying to lay. We work out of the house during the day, so we have no way of knowing who is laying except for the leghorn and the EE. Production is up and down...some days 3 eggs some days as many as 6. We can't tell if either one has stopped laying b/c of the abuse. Please tell me what, if anything I can/should do. Thanks.