When do chickens usually go thru the 1st molt? How can you tell if it is a molt? Does it start in any certain area of the body? How long will it last? Do they get cranky? Do some birds never molt? Please give me all the info. you have. I have an EE that is younger than a RIR . The EE is losing feathers around her muff area. The RIR has not lost a single feather. I want to be sure it is not mites. It is not red and I don't see any bugs.