I had never heard this and stumbled across this little excerpt: "The English Orpington is a heavy soft feathered bird. It requires high levels of protein year round to keep it’s downy plumage in excellent condition." on a website from an old member here and was curious if those of you who kept and bred English Orpingtons (or any other large well-feathered breed like Cochins or Brahmas) noticed that they required more protein. Currently they are getting a layer pellet and doing quite well on it. Should I be mixing something into their feed to up the protein (like a grower feed)? Or would it better to switch them All-Flock, which I believe has a higher protein and offer calcium on the side in the form of crushed egg or oyster shells? I'm just curious what others think, as they are molting and it looks like I dropped five or six feather pillows into a wood chipper and blew it all over the yard. I'd love to encourage some new fluffy feathers to come in. Especially on the hens. @speckledhen for your expertise with large breeds. I'm not sure who else can chime in as the Orpington Breeder of Old have disappeared, but if you can think of anyone else feel free to tag them.