So with the storm over and the coop still standing as of this morning, it's time to try and figure out what to do for Bossy's missing feathers. Here's what I think I've observed: - Bossy has no feathers in about a 2" x 2" patch right above her tail - Giving her a saddle only appears to have made the other girls angry at her and she's managed to shed it twice. Is this increasing feather picking? Not sure. - I've never seen Rooster catch her, so I don't think he's tearing her feathers out - Rooster is damaging feathers on other hens without pulling them out (feather barbs are ruffled/damaged, but stems are OK) - I think the other Wyandotte is a feather-picker. --- She's the only one that I've seen pick Bossy's feathers --- I've never seen her pick any of the others' feathers --- Bossy's back is no longer red like it was Tuesday, and she and the other 'dotte are separated at the moment (but Bossy's also in with only one other hen, which could mean something in itself) - I have never seen any other chicken with a feather in its beak/actively picking except Rooster (and he'd just tried to woo a hen, so he wasn't picking so much as hanging on) So, what should my plan be? I want to get a better look at Bossy's back -- the last two evenings have been frantic, minimal care in poor light while rushing to do everything else that needed done related to the storm -- to see if there's any evidence of pin feathers, or if there are some shafts still in there. Then after that I'm thinking... - Separate Bossy to try and give her a chance to grow out some feathers (should she be separated with the hen she's with right now? A "friend" to help her not go nuts, and to make it so she's not the only one being reintroduced?) - After she's looking more covered, return her (and her friend) to the flock and separate the feather picker (and maybe another hen) so there are fewer birds to integrate her with, and she can integrate without the picker around at first - Return the feather picker to the flock after the integration settles. Does this plan make sense? Is it overkill? Should I focus instead on getting her jacket to stay on and forget separation? Should I separate just the suspected feather picker and leave Bossy with the flock?