I have nine hens (8 different breeds) who are nine months old. THis is my first flock and things are going well, no issues, no problems, lots of fun and eggs. About a week ago the Silverlaced Wyandotte had what I describe as poofy soft downy grey feathers appear on her back just before her tail feathers. I assumed it was molting. I did notice that if dust, etc got kicked up, it would stick in those downy feathers, but not too bad. I didn't see anyone picking at her, though I have seen a chicken pick at anything unusual on one of her sisters, like a piece of dust, etc. This morning I was out with them and noticed the Silverlaced was balding at that spot and there were a couple of little bloody spots, obviously she's been pecked. I am pretty hands-on with the girls and am confident I've caught this early on. I've watched the flock all morning and I've not seen anyone pecking at her. My plan is to set up a hospital crate/ward in the garage and separate her tonight after they come in to roost and keep her there until she looks better. Nothing else about her behavior looks like she's not feeling well. Also, I have some antibiotic ointment from the vet for my dog's ears. I thought I might smear some of that on the wounds when I move her. Am I doing the right thing? Anything wrong with using the antibiotic (I don't have tar, like some of the other posts suggest). Any other suggestions? Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this and respond.