We've only had our flock since last June so we haven't yet had a moult. In the last few days I noticed a couple of my hy-lines are missing some feathers around their neck. Here's a picture of one taken today. She's also missing a few on her right leg as you can see. Is this the beginning of a moult, or might I have a feather picking problem? The weather has been super rainy and windy the last few days and the girls haven't been outside much, that's why I ask. Also one of my Barred Rock girls has a bit of a bare spot on her bum, and the skin underneath looks a bit reddish. Could this be a moult too? I don't know if there's a typical pattern a moult follows as far as which feathers come out first? All my girls are about a year old now, been laying since late June/early July pretty solid as we've had light in the coop all winter. Egg production in the last couple of weeks has slowed just a bit on some days, but overall is still pretty good. For example, with 47 layers (and one sort-of-a-rooster) we've averaged 40-44 eggs a day until very recently. We now range from about 36-42, so a bit of a slowdown but not bad still.