I have 5 hens and late summer was getting an average of 26 eggs a week. Granted, I got them mostly for bug control, but the eggs are a great bonus! Now, however, I'm getting about 12 per week and I notice there's a lot of feathers on the floor of the coop. Not so much that the girls look bare, but it's a carpet of feathers! I had thought they didn't molt their first year, but that sure is what it looks like. I've been keeping them in the coop for about a week to make sure they just weren't laying elsewhere, but yup.. production is about half of what I was getting. Should I start feeding them a high protein game bird feed to help with this? I'm in central TX so it doesn't get horribly cold except sometimes in late Jan - Feb no I'm not too worried about that. Just wanted to help them feather out quickly and healthily. They do not like cat food, so that protein source is out. We had a pretty chilly cold front come through last week and the bug population has dwindled. Best suggestions?