I have FINALLY discovered why my hens stopped laying a month ago!!!! THEY'RE MOLTING!!!! Hubby went outside the other day to catch a chicken that had flown the fence, and he saw something funny on her neck feathers. He was like, what is this?!?!! They were blood feather shafts!!!! That means they've been SLOWLY molting! So now I have some questions: I have them on a 14 hr light day cause I have some younger chickens that are just now starting to lay, should I cut the light completely to sacrifice the eggs I'm getting from my new layers??? How long does a molt last? What's the best way to guarantee that they have good complete molts?? Right now they are all on layer feed w/ oyster shell supplement and some scratch every day as a treat. I've read that some people on here have had chickens that don't quite recover after their molts. How can I ensure good molting??? I think that's it....thanks to everyone for bearing with my freaking out and paranoia about what was wrong!!!