Why are my five month old pullets losing feathers? I've been reading and it says they shouldn't molt until 18 months old? I was told by someone in my neighborhood that giving them fresh corn will cause a molt. Is there any truth to that? I have a couple sick hens and they are full of new feathers coming in. I'm wondering if the molting is related? I've read now that starving hens will molt and people actually do that purposely?? The two that are sick are very thin. I don't know if that is because of molting or if being thin caused the molting.