Ok, I could be way off base here, but my girls are in thier 9th week (give or take a few days) and have been in the run for two weeks, and less than month in the coop. First to the feather loss. I notice a lot of feathers in the run (soft, downt-type feathers), might be normal, but these are my first flock. I assume it is way too soon for molting, right? Now, to my feed... I switched to a mash (If I have that right, kinda like a powder/flake compared to a pellet-like feed) I am feeding them the Blue Seal "Grower-Cal" feed now. The hard thing is that within a day of switching feed they went in the coop, and a "big girl feeder". The seem to not be eating as much of this feed, but I see zero waste too. When they were on the Dumor chick starter, they would use about 2 qts a day. They did make a mess in the dog crate, but the feeder was not hanging either. I hate to just assume that they are eating more than enough, but it seems too good to be true. I have maybe filled this feeder once so far. (The small metal feeders, 2 gallon maybe?) The birds do seem to be getting much bigger, but would say half of one of those metal feeders per week for six buff orps / BR's be normal?