Hi, I am brand spanking new to these message boards, but I need advice! We have 3 "Dominickers" that we got in April. We have a tractor, but mostly they free range and we put them up in the coop at night. The girls used to roam freely all over the yard, and lay not quite an egg a day per chicken. A few months ago, we developed a little bit of a rat problem. We could tell that the chickens were distressed by them, they definitely did not like them around. Then, slowly, their egg production decreased, and they started hanging out in one area, all the time, right by our back door. Well my husband succesfully eliminated the rat problem (or at least, it is much better) but lately the girls have been losing tons of feathers, and they are going through much less food than they used to. We read about moulting, and thought that maybe this was what was happening with the change of seasons and all, but I don't want to ignore a major problem. One othrt strange thing they have been doing is that they don't come out of the coop immediately in the morning like they used to. Before, as soon as we would open their hatch, they would be running on our heels to get their food. Today, my husband says, they didn't come down until 2pm, with coaxing! What's wrong with them?