I have six chickens in a large homemade coop. This is their second winter. They recently stopped laying. Up until now we have gotten 4-6 eggs a day. Now nothing. They are molting and the coop and run have a layer of feathers on the ground. Using deep litter method, I have been stirring and adding more shavings all year long, and had no odor or any problems. Then we put the litter on the garden in early spring. But I have never had the feather problem. What do I do? Do I leave it in there as part of my deep litter method, or do I need to somehow get the feathers out, and how?? Also, do you think they have stopped laying because of molting? They are our lovely chicken pets, they will eat a spider right off the ceiling in our house if we go get one and hold her up. We hate spiders! Now we just go get a chicken. They are clean, no mites or anything, and have been very happy girls so I just want to make sure this is normal. Thank you!