My apologies since this question is asked often, but I haven't found enough similarities in other posts to fully cover my situation. I have had 4 hens, my first and only chickens, since June. They quickly adjusted to their new home and started laying regularly. Two hens are 1 year 9months old and the other two were hatched this past March. All 4 began to molt at the end of September and I haven't had a single egg since. It seems molting has slowed or stopped since there are no more feathers in the coop or run. There are no signs of anything amiss with the birds: no mites or lice on feathers or in coop, crops are healthy, eating habits normal, no respiratory distress, droppings ok, etc. I don't have any artificial lights set up or insulation in the coop. They get layer pellets everyday. The run gets little direct sunlight during winter. I let them free range on weekends and whenever I am around to keep an eye out. So they get to bask in the sun more then. Do I have to wait till Spring till I get another egg? How do I know when the molt is complete? There are still some scales (the bits and pieces from the feather shaft) on their backs but what other signs do I look for? Overall I really just want to make sure my birds are healthy and I am not missing anything.