Hi all! I have 2 Black Australorps that are about 8 months old and have recently begun laying. I've noticed that lately their feathers on the sides of their legs(?) are getting a bit ragged looking. They look like they've been falling out or been pulled out. The skin is not bare, just its like grey/white fluffy baby feathers there instead of the black feathers like on the rest of their body. I've attached a photo (not of my chickens) for reference as I'm not exactly sure what part of the body to call this. My question is - is this normal? Are they perhaps fussing on an egg and some feathers are either falling off or being pulled out? I haven't noticed a ton of feathers around the coop and they normally lay when I'm at work. Just wondering if I should worry and keep an eye on this - or if it's normal and I should let it be. I can probably get a photo if needed. Oh, and I should mention I live in Michigan and it's been between the low 20's and mid 40's lately, in case that matters... I've been a chicken keeper almost one year now, so I still have a lot of learning to do! THANK YOU as always! Jenn K and "The Ladies"