I've posted in other topics about my broody hen and her new chicks. My original setup included 3 10-11 month old pullets in a 3x3 coop inside of an 11x11 covered, secure run. The broody was moved into a broody box/run inside of the run to sit, hatch, etc. The chicks will be 3 weeks old on Saturday.
For the past couple of weeks, my Ameraucana has really slacked off in laying. She's been the most aggressive with the broody hen and the chicks. I also noticed last week that I was seeing a bit more feathers from the Ameraucana in the nest boxes. I was questioning if she was trying to go broody, but she is certainly not acting like it. She's just been plain aggressive. Now, I'm definitely noticing her feathers in the run as well. It's not a ton, but is it possible she's going into her first adult molt? Do they slack off at the beginning of a molt? I realize any change in the coop/living arrangements can cause a decrease in laying, but seeing if those more experienced could chime in.
Also, is it normal for the broody hen to start molting after sitting, hatching, etc?
My little Olive egger is still putting out almost an egg a day (and I'm not seeing her feathers).