I have 18 hens. One is definitely molting and some of the others are starting to loose their neck feathers. The problem is the other 17 are really picking on the one that is in full molt. Is this normal? Are they going to pick on each bird when it molts? I also think they are a little crowded. Time to thin the flock??? They are all layers and are about 18 months old. Never molted before. Sextants from TSC. Egg production has slightly declined from 16 a day avg to about 10. Is this slow down expected for their age? or something they will bounce back from after molting is done? Next question (not for everyone)lol??? Eating 18 month old layers. What can I expect? Thanks for any replys. Any information you can give me helps me to manage my flock better. Thanks.