I will have had chickens for a year in April, and they are still surprising me regularly. I work night shift, and come home between 5 and 6 am, and open the door between the hen house and run before turning in. The girls are always catatonic when I do, and it's still pitch dark outside. This morning, I noticed Goldie was in the nest box, which is really unusual, but I didn't think too much of it, until I saw that she was awake. She got up, headed into the run, and started scratching and digging, in the pitch dark, and there was a fresh, warm egg in the nest! My RIR, Lucy, is full on molting right now too, despite it being in the teens here. I thought they didn't molt at under a year old, but she hasn't got mites, isn't pulling her own feathers, and is chief hen, so I know nobody else is either. She's her usual self, except not laying, so molting it must be. I think I just got a weirdo flock.