Hello, all! I'm new here... My husband and I just recently (about ten months ago) started raising backyard chickens, and now we have six. One that we've had for a few months now came to us with bare spots on her back and neck. The skin looked healthy, but patches were bare. We assumed it would grow back, but as time went on the bare patches didn't fill in. We didn't notice any of the others pecking on her, or any feather plucking etc, but we read somewhere that pine tar might help protect the skin from any plucking that might be going on in order to allow new feathers to grow. So we put pine tar on her yesterday, and today her skin is not only bare, it is also red and bloody in spots. Like either the pine tar is bothering her skin or it is actually CAUSING the others to peck at her! Again, we aren't seeing any pecking. Just red and bloody skin where it used to be just white, bare, fairly healthy-looking skin. Should we keep applying the pine tar? We're not sure what to do. It sounds like it can help wounds heal, but I wonder if for some chickens it can irritate them? An allergy or something? Since we're pretty new at this, we'd appreciate any guidance we can get!