My chickies are 18 weeks old and haven't laid an egg yet. I have Lav. Ameraucanas, and bantam brown leghorns (I think) and no one is laying yet. One of the little bantam girls started to do the egg drop dance but I've only seen her do it once about week ago. Anyway, there are a lot of feathers all over the place, but no one looks scraggaly. They still look very beautiful. Do they just lose a lot of feathers normally or can they molt this early? It's been pretty hot here though I do have shade, it's been around 96-100 and sometimes higher on the hottest days. Oh and they get sun about 13-14 hours I guess.