Hi, all! We went out of town for about 10 days. We had someone coming over to care for the chickens every 2-3 days. They had ample food, water, treats and space. They were not confined to the coop because we covered the north and west sides of the run with clear plastic and left the run door opened. We returned to a very macabre seen... feathers everywhere and 3 of our hens plucked raw in areas. I observed our hens for awhile and found the culprit. Our jersey black giant, Fiona. She had broken off the tip of her beak a week before we left (it has since gown back) and maybe she was stressed. But, we've had problems before and actually suspected a couple of other other top hens. I think it's been Fiona all along. She is considerably larger than all of our other girls. At any rate, we put her in a medium sized dog crate in the coop with pine shavings, food and water. She's been in there for 2 days. My question is, am I supposed to leave her in there, without any breaks for 3-5 days... or should I let her run around a bit? I don't want to be cruel. I still love my mean baby, but I will not tolerate any more feather plucking. Trying to nip this nasty behavior in the bud. Am I doing this properly? Suggestions/advice will be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!