hi everyone, I sure would appreciate any help here.... I have 6 hens, 3 buff orpingtons and 3 black australorps. They are 16 months old and have been laying regularly since last fall. In the last 6 months, the australorps have lost so many feathers...one looks almost plucked!! I kept chicken jackets on them when it was cold and removed them when it got too hot. I have increased their protein, they get time in the grass, and they seem happy and healthy but the feathers are not growing back. They are not losing anymore lately but none growing back. I thought they might be feather- picking but I spend a lot of time watching them and I don't see a lot of that. If this is a molt, it sure is a long one!?? The buffs have almost all their feathers but Kit-Kat's comb has gotten a LOT bigger and a lot redder just in the last week???. She seems ok...eating, drinking, laying... I have another buff going broody (i think) and she doesn't want to come out of it. I have her isolated in my garage in a large cage with no nesting box and plenty of food, treats and water but she isn't drinking very much. I have given her watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, tomatoes and started giving her water from a syringe. She eats a little but ignores the "wet" treats. She acts ok... scratching in grass, pooing, making sounds, flapping her wings and puffing up a lot when I put her outside but she is getting a little thinner (i think). She spends some time every day with the other girls so they will "remember" her when she comes out of this and returns to the coop... The girls' coop is cleaned every day, their run is sand and also cleaned daily and I have looked through a magnifying glass...no external parasites, I mix diamataceous earth in litter and nesting box (all pine shavings from local tractor supply). They have a large coop for just the six of them ( 6' X 6' ) and enough roost for all and two nesting boxes. The run is also large (13' X 9'). They have clean water and food every day. (nutri-drench in the water occasionally.) I have a window a/c unit in the coop so they have a place to go that is out of the extreme heat. There is a fan outside blowing on the run which is partially shaded. I spend time with them, holding them and talking to them. I have read many of the forums on this website but I don't know what I am missing here. Do any of you have any ideas to help with these problems???? Thanks in advance.