This will be my first full year with chickens and it appears to have finally happened - most of my chickens are molting. Now, I noticed that egg production decreased significantly when the heat of the summer came upon us, and then the girls decided to molt early August... maybe even late July, but now we're almost at the end of September and the girls haven't started laying again. Out of 9 hens, I've got one standard laying, and one bantam laying - the rest are driving me nuts! What gives? How long does molting last? Is it time for me to get some crock pot recipes and give DH the go ahead for the dirty work? For the record, we've yet to cull any of our chickens, so the decision to eat our lazy hens won't be easy.