I've searched and searched the BYC, but answers seem to be all over the board. So I apologize now if this is a stupid question and I need to narrow my search... I know that lots of us are going through molt right now.... me included. My 4 BO girls haven't laid consistently since July - yes, July - and for the last month, they haven't laid at all. They are 18 mo. old. Three of the four molted together well over a month ago and are feathered back out at this point. They never resumed laying. The last one is shedding feathers like c.r.a.z.y. now. She was my last layer, and even then was an every-other-day-or-so-sort-of-gal, and since she's molting now too, I can just forget about getting any eggs at all. So, I saw on another post that once they are done molting, they likely won't lay again because of their age. Gads - seriously??? Also, I've noticed that their new feathers are lighter in color than their old ones. And their combs are quite pale. Coincidence? I've avoided using light because I want to give the girlies a break, but geez. How long does a chicken mom have to be patient??? Can anyone advise this molting newbie?