Hi there all, I would love your take/input on the chicken molting process my flock is undergoing, as it is the first adult molt and the weather is going to get get quite cold very soon: Tis the season as I understand it for molting. This is my first flock and the first adult molt. The chickens are almost nine months at this point and started noticeable molting at eight months old. (Not the often quoted 18 months as I have read it so I was a bit unprepared). They started laying in mid-July and it was about an egg a day from each of the six. Mid-October, like a light switch had been flipped, all eggs stopped. I understood that was mostly due to low light seasonal change so I was not concerned (especially here in deep NW Montana). I am not supplementing their light and there were so many eggs that I froze several dozen for over the winter. But I looked at them at the end of October (they were eight months old) and they were molting! I have since identified this as a slow molt since they are not bare anywhere but definitely losing feathers and growing in new ones. They all started molting at the same time too and are progressing all about the same. Talk about in sync! I immediately upped the protein in their diet with live mealworms ( I had started a meal worm farm which is handy now) and sunflower seeds, started fermenting their food again, and made molting muffins, and began sprouting greens and got some alfalfa cubes to ferment with the sunflower seeds. Careful again not to exceed 10% of daily food with these extra treats. They do need greens, as the ground is now bare of weeds and grass. They do forage every day and seem quite active when I let them out (funny I thought they would be sulking but they are not) and are eating and drinking quite well. They also have various dustbath access even in fowl (sic) weather! So I know all molts are different but how would you characterize this molt and what should I expect? I am mostly worried that the weather will get too cold for them before they are finished molting...anything else to speed up molt? Hurry up chickens! It gonna get way cold here! We are NOT doing chicken sweaters! Thanks for all your help in advance!