I have a small (6) mixed flock of 14 week olds. All are pullets and there's 1 cockerel that will be stock as soon as he starts to crow (close neighbors). The cockerel is pretty, so I'm going to enjoy him while I can. 1 of the girls is a cornish cross that's hitting the stock pot with the cockerel when he goes. Anyway, I'm wondering when chickens molt. I live in Minnesota, if that matters. I did a search but can't find what I'm looking for. Is it weather or seasonal, or age? If its seasonal, I'd think starting to molt when its starting to get cold at night wouldn't be an evolutionary very smart thing to do. We've been having temps at night dipping into the lower 40s. On top of that, it seems like they just got their adult plumage. I've noticed more feathers in their run lately and wonder if molting is what's happening. I did read that it starts with the head feather first. The feathers I'm seeing look like they are from all parts of the body. I've seen wing, tail, and an assortment of softer feathers. The feathers appear to be mostly from 1 bird with a few from 2 other birds. All my birds are different colors, with no 2 the same. You wouldn't be able to tell by looking at the birds that they've been loosing feathers, so its not like they are loosing massive quantities. Its just got me concerned. The cockerel is getting to be a pest, but I don't think he's pulling that many feathers, or at least not by himself. Unfortunately, because I have close neighbors, my chickens don't get to free range. They do have a run that's 8'X16', so they have plenty of space. I also have been using DE and am happy I don't have any flies. Seeing I'm using DE to the point of not having flies, I'm guessing it should be enough to prevent lice. Any words of wisdom to ease my worries?