Went out to check on my hens this morning, and it liked they had a pillow fight. The bedding is pretty fresh, changed about two weeks ago, and there have only been about two feathers floating around in there. This morning there was a blanket of feathers from my Wyandotte. My first thought wasn't molt, but plucking. This has been an issue recently, but the much larger Wyandotte has not been a target. Is this sudden dropping of feathers a sign of molting? My hens are not quite one year old yet, I would guess about ten months. What triggers molting, rise in temperatures of increase in daylight hours? Why do these wretched idiotic birds have to decide to molt in the middle of February?