Hi... as you can see I'm for Australia, which puts me on the other side of the world to most people on this board. We're just heading into winter and one of my chookens has started moulting and stopped laying (Leghorn) but the other 2 are still laying, although ginger is dropping the occasional feather. To make sure they grow in some nice healthy feathers, and hopefully keep them laying for longer, I've tried to up the protein in their diet. They've had some bits of meat my dog ignored (she was full, wasnt bad meat) as well as a tin of tuna. Also, instead of 100% layer pellets, they're now getting about 25-30% layer, and the rest pullet feed. They still have free choice oyster/egg shell for the two still laying. I've noticed though, they are so ENERGETIC!! they used to huddle together whnever they went around the backyard, never more than a few metres from each other. Now they stray alot more, runnig (full on wings flapping running) across the yard whenever they see anything interesting, and then sprinting back to each other when they realise they're seperated. They're definatle not spooked by anything, they just have so much energy!! End point, I like my energetic chickens, although it seems strange.. I've never seen them like this. Just wanted to check they were a-okay, and if I can over-protein them. I assume its the uppage of protein (and meat) that is giving them their piles of energy.