Ok, this seems weird and I'm looking for some info from the more experienced of you on these boards. I have 3 Red Star hens that are about 19 months old. They are going through their first molt now and we're experiencing the usual issues: egg laying stopped or slowed, feathers everywhere, and raggedy looking ladies. I've been feeding them extra protein and they seem to be doing OK. But, I'm really confused by one of the hens. This hen, Selma, had been a good layer up until her molt started. Over the past few days, I've noticed that her comb and wattles are looking more pullet-like than hen-like. They are not only paler, they appear to be shrinking in size. The only time I've been able to catch her for closer observation is early in the morning when I open up the coop, when the light isn't that great. She doesn't appear to have any signs of parasites or illness and the other hens are looking fine. Selma has always been lowest in the pecking order of the 3 hens, and she has also seem very distressed when she is singled out for "attention" my by young roo. [In fact, it seems most of the hens would rather not come of the coop in the AM unless the roo is far enough away that they are unlikely to get jumped by him.] Is it possible she is UN-maturing? Has anyone else seen this happen to a hen?