Ok, so it's a couple LOL 1) At what age do chickens usually go through their first molt? (mine are about 25 weeks old) 2) Do they tend to quit laying during molting? (I haven't gotten an egg in 3 days from my 1 girl who so far has laid like clockwork ... the 2 new girls haven't laid at all for me yet) 3) How long doe molting usually last? (I have noticed in the past several days that there seem to be a lot more stray feathers all over their pen, both small and large) 4) I've seem pics where they lose lots of feathers and some where they don't seem to have lost much at all ... how do I know for sure that it IS a molt? Sorry for all the questions. I'm just looking for a reason for the non-laying issue now that we finally had an active layer. I'm probably just over thinking things but wanted to check with some seasoned veterans. Thanks.