I have a few questions and concerns with my little coop of hens. I have 5 hens that are now about 18-24 months, and they have been good egglayers up until two months ago or so. My two welsummers came into molt first, loosing almost all their feathers, looking like they were dying, now they look better, finally, yet eggs are sparse from them. My other 3 older hens have just now started molting and are looking horrid (part of the game I know)...how long with they molt? I didn't know these other hens were molting until I checked them up and down last night for mites, lice or anythimg that couild be the culprit. Upon checking them over, I say lots of new quills coming in under existing feathers, so tehy are molting right? My 4 younger pullets also aren't laying as good as they did, but they are 8 months..and one haven't even layed an egg yet. So I am very confused.. When some in the coop are molting does that upset the dynamics of the whole coop..? Any ideas would be great..I miss my eggs..