I'm in my first year raising chickens and all my pullets are 9 months old now. I bought my Barred Rock rooster from a breeder and he turned 1 year old in July (the rooster not the breeder), and I suspect he's molting but I've never witnessed a molt before so I'm hoping someone can confirm that's what he's undergoing. I noticed his feathers starting to look a little ratty, like he had split ends about two weeks ago. Today I noticed he has a pretty big bald spot on his neck. I took a few pictures and only got one good one of his neck, and even then you have to look carefully to see it. Anyway, if anyone can chime in and confirm he's molting I'd appreciate it. I inspect all my birds regularly about once a week and never saw any signs of mites or anything. I got a bag of Nutrena Feather Fixer and started mixing it in their food today mostly for the rooster's benefit, but I read it's good for all the birds which is a good thing since mine are winding down their first year of hard laying and could use a little extra protein to help their feathers look a little better. er.