I have only been a chicken owner for a year and apparently I will always have a ton of questions about them! I have a 8 month old Australop pullet that I just noticed today is losing down feathers on her breast. Over the past week or so I have seen a feather or two of hers in the nesting box that she uses, but didn't think much of it until she and I were spending some quality time together this morning. I was rubbing around, checking her out and I noticed that most of the down coat is gone from her breast and there is no sign of new feathers coming in. Her skin is perfectly clean and smooth there! I checked the rest of her out and there is no sign of bugs or their eggs. I've been looking all over the forum and saw a few pictures of birds in a full-on molt and she doesn't look like that at all. She looks normal because she has her outer feathers in tact. I also saw something about broody hens pulling out feathers to make their skin come in contact with the eggs, but my girl is anything but broody. She lays regularly and dashes out of the house wanting to play and explore. My other Barred Rock girls are a few months older than her and they haven't gone through a molt, so naturally the younger bird losing feathers is freaking me out. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!