Hello All, Last Saturday we bought or first 4 chickens. 2 are mixes( silkie/Cochin/americaunus) and 2 are supposed to be RIR. The guy I bought them from said that they were about a year old and were all currently laying eggs. He also said they all have had their shots. So here is my problem. I'm obviously new to chickens and don't know what is normal and what is not. The 2 RIRs are loosing feathers and are starting to look a bit bald on the rear... And on the breast. The coop is littered with their feathers. They are very standoffish and when we enter the coop they immediately retreat to the nesting area. They also have been sleeping in it as well instead of on the perch. It seems they are eating and drinking well and return to the run floor when we leave. Yet there have been no eggs to be had. I'm hoping this is just molting, but I truly don't know. I have read molting usually happens in the fall. Any advice The mixes are much more friendly and stay in the run when my daughter(3) and I enter the coop. They allow us to handle them and seem to be eating and drinking normally. However we have only seen one egg from the pair which was laid on Sunday.( today is Thursday) today I went out and one of them seemed to be having problems with its eye. It wasn't opening one and seemed to be shaking its head like something was bothering it. I'm hoping it's only a mild irritant or something. What do you think? We do have dogs in the back yard with the chickens, but they don't really seem all that interested in them or the coop. I'm hoping all the problems are just attributed to stress and a new environment, but I worry that we were sold bum chickens.LOL Me being naive in the ways of the chicken don't know what to ask or look for and while I do have a friend who got me in to the whole idea, she lives 12 hours away, so she can't really come over and see what is going on. So any advice or reassurance would be loved. We like our chickens and want the best for them but we also want to enjoy them for the reason they were bought...Eggs.