HI, have been reading post on picking & cannibalism, and have just started having the problem. I came home yesterday from a morning out and found one hen with her entire vent area pecked bloody, lying in the corner of the coop. I brought her in, warmed her up, but she was semiconcious and died an hour later. Now I have 4 more bare butts, no blood (yet). I would love to put something on the bare areas, but what should it be? I used to use blu-kote on my horses, I'd be comfortable using that, but I doubt it would deter further picking...but does hotpick or pine tar burn if put on raw spots? I don't want the girls picking themselves because I made them uncomfortable.