I am looking for a couple more chickens to keep my 3 company... Well, ok, and for eggs! One man emailed and said he had some available, but some of his are moulting. He said once I move any of the others, they will most likely start moulting also, but that after they do, they will start laying eggs like crazy! Is this correct? How long does moulting last? I wonder if my hen is moulting. I see a lot of her feathers laying around in the coop, but she doesn't look balding or anything. How long do hens keep laying? I'm wondering what age to look for. I realize production is down in the winter and everything. Should I get some that are laying now and see how it goes? Or get the moulting ones that have stopped laying because they will start up soon? Wouldn't that be too tough on them to move during a moult?