My girls are in an early ( I think it's early) molt. We moved in early August and although it was only across town, I think it sent them into an early molt. They have stopped laying but for a few eggs a week and it looks like someone opened up a feather pillow outside. One lost her entire tail in one day poor thing- I think she's embarrassed, she looks so bad- she used to be near the top of the pecking order and now she appears to be close to the bottom. Do they re-adjust the pecking order during this time? Anyone else going through this? Anything I should be giving them extra? I read on here- cat food, but somehow that doesn't sound right- especially since I don't have a cat, and can't stand the smell of their food. I've been giving them extra protein like yogurt, flax seeds, cottage cheese, and scrambled egg whites (when I have used the yolks for something else). Any other suggestions for getting them through this would be greatly appreciated. Also- their behavior is quite different- this is their first molt (they are 17 mos old), so I didn't know what to expect, but they spend most of their days laying around in little dust holes they have dug for themselves are EXTREMELY quiet (usually chatty), are not as friendly as usual (meaning they still come up to me for treats, but don't want to be petted like they usually do). Is this all normal to the molt?