Hi all. I've been dealing with a major feather-picking issue in my flock since last November. I have tried just about EVERYTHING (increased protein, increased space, toys, food, etc etc etc) to get them to stop. I've installed a fence around 1/3 of an acre of yard so they have a very large amount of space to roam in, but the picking/pecking has become a habit with the girls and they do it when it's resting time. They'll go under their favorite bush, sit down to rest and Matilda goes around and picks the subordinate chickens bare. My Prudence chicken has a naked neck and behind at the moment and I've about had it with this nonsense. Matilda is the worst, but they all pick occasionally. Last January, I tried the pinless peepers, but they made the girls' noses bleed and I took them back off. I still have them and want to apply them to the two worst culprits. So I have a few questions for those of you who have used them successfully. Is it normal for their noses to bleed a little after they're applied? Is it normal for them to actually attack each other after they're applied? This is what happened last time and I was so upset I took them off. In the photo below, you can see Prudy's neck. It's actually worse since that photo was taken--Matilda has picked her feathers off all the way around and she looks ridiculous.