Our pekin ate a walnut several weeks ago, and hasn't laid any eggs since. Considering how long she went without eating anything, I'm not surprised that she stopped laying. The last few days there have been feathers everywhere, and I figured that the experience had thrown her into a molt. Then, today, I watched as she wandered into the nest area - a cat carrier just big enough for her - and the two boys both followed. They came out a couple of minutes later with white feathers all over their faces. Later I watched as the little guy tore bill-fulls of feathers from her neck. My immediate reaction is to lock up the guys, but I only have the one cat carrier, and they fight enough without being in a cramped space together. I tried locking up the girl for her own protection, but she was loudly unhappy about that. Before getting out there and building them individual pens, I wanted to see whether I was even interpreting the events correctly. I think I've meddled when I shouldn't have before, locking up the "aggressive" male so he wouldn't hurt the little bantam guy, when he may have just been trying to protect his ladies. He was such a gentleman today, guarding the door to the nest box while our only currently laying duck took her time shaping a nest and laying her egg. So - when molting time rolls around, they don't help each other molt by plucking the loose feathers, or anything, do they?