Forgive what's surely a repeat, but I couldn't track down this information in general web searches or here. I have two Easter Egg chickens that I think are at least 15 months old (just got them in May from someone who we think had them about a year). They've been laying like champs until five days ago when the egg well inexplicably ran dry in both of them and they started to get a little skittish but didn't seem sick at all. We tried everything we could think of but nothing. Today, there were small feathers all over the place. Aha, moulting! Given their age and that it's September (although still hot as blazes here in the central Gulf Coast of Florida), it makes perfect sense; we just didn't have a clue until we saw the feathers. So, my questions. Given that these are Easter Egg chickens more than one year old and I suspect this is their first moult, can anyone give me an idea what to expect? How "bad" will it get? How long should this last? About how long of a break from egg-laying should we expect? What extra "normal" food might we feed them to help them out, since we don't have good access to medicated feeds? How long does it take for the feathers to come back? I'm not worried about them freezing where we live, obviously, but judging from some of the pictures on this site . . . eewwwww! Thank you so much in advance for your help! We're, er, winging it here and any specific information would be much appreciated!