It looked like chicken carnage in the coop. There were feathers everywhere, and my heart sunk. I quickly did head count. Everyone was present and accounted for, thank goodness! Now to figure out whose feathers were everywhere, and why. A little more investigation gave me the answer: the chickens were molting.
The first time my hens started molting I started freaking out. I thought they were sick or hurt or something. Thankfully molting is perfectly normal and all they really need is extra protein added in their diet. Unfortunately, while molting they stop laying because all available resources are being used for making feathers, not eggs. Bummer!