Can an 8 month old chicken possibly be molting in January?? It's in the single digits here, and has been cold for several weeks! I have a Buttercup in bad shape from feather loss. Brought her into the garage tonight (above freezing) since we will be in single digits. No rooster here, 16 chickens. Many of them have lower back feather damage and I'm trying to alleviate boredom. But this one Buttercup I picked up this morning also had all of her belly feathers missing, neck feathers, and back feathers. When I put her down a puff of additional feathers just fell off so I stated to think that it might not just be plucking. I'm bringing her into work tomorrow afternoon to see one one of our avian vets and I'll keep you all posted. No other chickens look like this. I'll take some pics tomorrow since I had spritzed some blue kote on her today. Thank you. Input is really appreciated.