Hi all, I'm just wondering - Is it normal for the top hen to just stop laying? I'm a little unsure what she's doing, but my Light Sussex (2yrs old) has been the Boss for over a year, and for the majority of that time (and I guess, since she first started) she was a very good layer, laying most days and always good eggs, sometimes double yolkers, and just recently (within the last 3 months) she's started getting a whole lot more dominant, acting like a roo, and has been totally off the lay. The last eggs from her were fine and normal, but without any change in the flock, coop, yard, or any other circumstances she just had a behaviour shift and went very 'manly' as well as completely stopping laying. Is that normal? Is there anything I should be looking out for (aside from the usual stuff? And is there anything I can do to get her to out of this 'I wanna be a boy' phase and back laying again? Second question - It's coming into Autumn and my White Orpington went off the lay and into a hard moult. There was a freak heatwave for a couple of weeks so she started laying again for a bit, but now it's getting seasonally dreary again so she's back off the lay and well and truly moulting. I mean, it looks like a chookie crime scene or a feathery blizzard when she has a good dustbathe, haha. Weirdly, the LS doesn't seem to be moulting at all, but maybe she'll catch up. Anyway, as an Orpington she's super fluffy, and she keeps getting some of the softer fluffy feathers stuck in her beak whilst preening. It's actually hilarious to watch, but they obviously annoy her because she shakes her head around, wiping her beak, scratching at it with her foot, and she just can't get the damn feathers out of her mouth so it's like she's going 'ah well, bugger it, I'll just eat the bloody thing then' and starts gobbling it up I know sometimes feather eating can mean a lot of things, and sometimes they do it whilst moulting for various reasons, but it really looks like she doesn't want to eat them, just does because she can't get them out of her beak =/ Is it bad if she eats a lot of feathers? Will the thicker ones hurt her in some way? Is she maybe doing it for some other reason and I should take action? Or if not, should I do something to help her on the moult so she doesn't need to eat them so much? I'm a little bit confused because she's about 2.5yrs and has never had this problem before in previous moults nor has she ever displayed feather eating tendencies. So I've got one girl who thinks she's cock of the walk and won't lay, and one who is all grumpy and sensitive looking like a plucked chook with feathers stuck to her face half the time, and neither have ever done either of these things before, hahaha. I did UTFSE and read several other posts about dominant behaviour and moulting/feather eating, but I couldn't find anything particularly relevant that helped out, so I figured I'd just start a new post and ask specifically, heh. Cheers!