I had 14 pullets in a cardboard box for a brooder for the first week and a half and they outgrew it REALLY fast. They've just been moved to a new huge brooder (3x5x3) and I notice that they still are losing feathers on their backs and rears. It looks like the spots aren't bloody at least, but they look pretty scabby and sore. If it isn't a space issue, and the temp is right, they have good food and water, then what on earth are they still picking for?? Goofy girls. If there's something that one would generally have around the house that can be used to apply to the sore spots to heal or at last help prevent more pecking, that would be great. Like, maybe mentholatum or similar? Any help appreciated!