So yesterday I was visiting a girlfriend, and she has a beautiful (BEAUTIFUL) flock of chickens. They all just started laying so I'd imagine they are about 6-7 months old. She has a mixed flock, but I seriously have never been envious of a RIR before...it was stunning, they all were. I have chicken envy, LOL! Not only are her chickens lovely, they are clean, and soft to touch (think down feathers here, I really couldn't help but to snuggle her chickens, and they are handled so much they didn't mind!). Is it because they are young? Is it because they are well bred? Is it because she takes care of them so well? Is it all of the above? I'm a new chickener (is that a word?) I got my girls are almost a year old and going through a soft molt right now. They aren't soft to the touch, and honestly I can't think they have ever been as soft as hers. Can my girls be as pristine as hers, or should I ask her where she ordered hers from? Are my girls sick because they aren't as gorgeous as hers?