Hi My 3 year old Barred Rock molted back in October and has mostygrown back her feathers. She hid and was cranky while she was molting, which seems normal in my flock of chickens, but she's still behaving that way. I've told the rooster she's not in the mood, but he doesn't care. She's not one of his favorites, and when he mounts her he's gentle--no injury. I don't notice that the other hens pick on her ; she's been one of the dominant ones that attacked the rooster when he first came. She is extremely skinnny--protruding breast bone wifh no fat. She flies out of the coop and roams around. I would wonder if she's sick but she seems fine otherwise. I would allow her to continue roaming but 1 I'm afraid something will eat her and 2 I'm tired of having my flower beds destroyed,. They have plenty of room to move and this arrangement has served us well for a couple of years. Right now I'm letting her sleep in the other pen, alone, with special food. I'm wondering if I should move a "nice" hen in with her to encourage her to return.. But the rooster will probably be unhappy...I'm going to need them to tolerate close confinement over the holidays. Any ideas?