I'm at Washington State University and today was career and internship expo. There was a Wilcox booth (they do dairy and eggs) So i asked them some questions. BTW their free range chickens are true free range eggs, get to see grass, more pasture like. They don't let the free range ones molt, supplemented lighting in the winter. The production egg layers (battery chickens) go into a forced molt once a year by limiting light down to 8 hours. I asked the guy what the ration is for a molting bird. (he cant go into specifics of course, trade secret) "Less protein, more high energy foods" Since he is in the chicken egg industry i figure he might know more than me. So since my chickens will be molting soon i plan to feed them more ground corn and less layer food. though corn does contain 7% protein..... Just thought i would post this interesting conversation i had with someone in the Washington State poultry (egg) industry. Feel free to debate or comment.