She is nearing one year old and hasn't had a molt past the one from teen to adult. She is looking really, really scruffy and fluffs her feathers a lot. I thought maybe she had mites, but her mate looks pretty like he usually does, ALTHOUGH they both have scattered feathers of a darker color which I contributed towards molting. She pretty much acts as her usual self except shows concern with the 3 week old ducks fuss because they have lost track of me. Mikey wants to kill him so he is in the pen when they are in the back yard. I've never had anything with red mites before and wouldn't know where to start looking for them. Betsy and Mikey's night pen has a dirt floor so I can imagine the headache that would be to rid it of red mites. Betsy has laid an egg a day since she started November 2015 until a week ago, then she skipped a day. I figured that was because she was going to molt. The day before yesterday she skipped a day again and today when I was wiping the debris off of her egg it broke in my hand. Normally Betsy's eggs are so tough it takes more than one knock to break them when cooking with them. I feed Purina Layena Pellets and she is free ranged in an area that provides the most wonderful fat earth worms and lots of different grass choices. The food says that it provides plenty of calcium. I just now put out some oyster shell anyway. I see that she has nibbled on that. So, what are the guesses? Mites? Molt? Calcium? Feather Progression I *think* Betsy is the one on the right. Angel Sarah on the left, Bad Mikey in the middle. They were 9 weeks. (OK, Mikey was 8 weeks, but don't let him know you know) Angel Sarah left, Betsy leading, Bad Mikey right (running his bill as usual). They were 17 weeks. Betsy and Mikey today. Age 42 weeks. I tried to make the table prettier so that the last picture showed better. Click on the pictures to see a bigger one.