Is it possible for my 30 week old pullet to molt, already? I'm asking about my Cuckoo Marans (possibly crossed with Barred Rock). She started laying in mid-Sept. and stopped laying over a week ago. She's been really healthy all along; her feathers are glossy, she's strong and active, eats very well, and was a good egg-layer until now. I've been puzzled about why the egg-laying suddenly stopped, so today I grabbed her while they were free-ranging, to look at her, close up. As I did that, about 20 feathers from her back drifted onto the ground. It was weird, like a pillow with a hole. Running my hand over her back, more feathers drifted out. The other layers, same age, are still laying. We've had LOTS of rain, and dark, windy days in the last month. These days, besides layer feed and free-choice oyster shell, I've been giving the entire flock extra protein - in the form of fish, especially salmon. I'm just wondering about why she would molt this early - if this really is a molt. Any experience out there, with the same thing?