My 3 girls were all molting several months back, and various stages of looking ratty while feathers came out and were growing in. One of them had a big goopy poopy spot under her vent. I grabbed her to check if there was anything else going on, and decided to clean her because her belly looked raw/red irritated. I washed her in warm water to un-goop her feathers, and put some diaper rash cream on her belly. The problem of course is that they dig holes and roll in the dirt, so I almost didn't put anything on her at all but thought it might help clear it up - and she was immediately back in the dirt that afternoon with the other girls. The other two hens seem to be picking at her - and her feathers up on her back at the base of the area where her wings are is a bit thin still. She had some spots on her head by her comb - like someone else pecked her. My husband is home during the day and he said the other two pick on her sometimes. We have had this group right about 1 year, and never any problems with how they behave toward one another overall - so I figured she would be fine once her feathers were all back - since the other two have already filled back in I thought that might be why they were picking on her (?). We actually thought we had a predator stalking them - maybe a large hawk had tried to grab her but based on the fact neither of the others have shown any indication and that there have been bloody marks around her comb, I think they are just being mean girls. Her belly is still red looking - not awful, not hot - but the feathers are gross. My first impulse was to wash her again - and maybe the feathers got goopy again because I put the cream on there for a rash, and everything stuck together when she laid in the dirt. Kept thinking if I left her alone, it would all clear up but it still hasn't. I don't know what I can put on her to soothe any irritation that won't get stuck in her feathers - but how the red/rawness can clear up when her feathers are dirty and gummed together and she sits to lay and sits with the others in the sand/dirt. It seems like this shouldn't be that hard!! Her vent looks great - she's laying fine - she doesn't seem to have a thing wrong with her otherwise so I keep just not doing anything but it won't go away!! any suggestions???