My pullets (hatched in early March, from McMurray's) like feathers. They pick them off each other and eat them. A few of my EEs have no tails left. The EEs are the most picked on. A few of them will stand up for themselves if another tries to eat their feathers, but most of the EEs just take it. A few of them have had feathers picked to the point that they bled (thru the feather shaft). So far ::knocks on wood:: the pickers are not going after the blood. Here is what I have done so far to try to stop this: Diet changes - I upped their protein a little. I recently switched them to Layena with a little protein supplemented. Toys - Did not help Blue Kote on the the bare areas of some of the chickens. As soon as it wears off, they get picked on again. I also bought some tacky stuff I am going to try to put on areas that get picked. I guess it tastes bad and the tackiness is annoying on their beaks. Dusted chickens and coop for mites. I think some of it is just habitual now. I have 4 Speckled Sussexes who are the worst offenders and who seem to keep the trend going. Maybe I just need to get rid of them of move them out of the run and free range them? Does anyone have other ideas or experiences to share?