Quite a bit of my girls have stopped laying, my Maran's feather's around her neck fell out also on her face, but I don't see balding anywhere else, My EE Blondie hasn't started laying yet and shes about 9 months now, but all the other's are. So far I'm having 3 layers right now and I normaly have 9 laying out of the 10 girls, Not sure if they'ree laying somewhere else or not, and my Australorp is still laying but her back feathers close to her tail is balding but not sure if it's cause of my Roo'. Also will young pullets or roo's molt too? My silkie boys are 4 months and the other 3 youngsters are 3, and their feathers seem to slightly fall out, they're still small, except my Jersey giant she's bigger than my silkies. It's been a while since I had young ones though. And this is my first molt, if theey are. Why molt around the cold seasons why not summer when they can be cooler silly chickens! And are there cheaper ways to feed them other than the pellets, like the way people use to feed them before the feed nowdays, and when and if they go broody would the babies have to be on starter/grower? I'm feeding them all flock and its pretty exspencive, any other feeds for a mixed age flock that don't cost as much?