My hens are just over a year and I expect we'll be doing our first big molt this fall. I had a few questions I'm hoping the more experienced folks can answer 1. I know an increase of protein can help. Is it useful to start that before I notice the feathers coming off? 2. What is the best way to increase the protein? (Calf Manna? High protein treats?) 3. Do I need to worry about them picking at each other while trying to grow new feathers (like I would if someone was injured?) 4. If yes on 3 what do you do about that? And a side question. I have a Barred Rock hen who has lost feathers on both her shoulders - started around beginning of summer . Looks a little like pictures I have seen of rooster damage but I don't have a rooster! I never see anyone pecking at her and I have checked for mites (didn't find any but treated anyway). Otherwise she seems fine. Good red comb, eating and laying well. Active. My other 4 are fine except for bare bellies on my two that tend to go broody. Any thoughts?