I have a couple questions. One belongs in this thread and I am not sure where to put the other so I'll just combine them here. We have no rooster. Are up to 17 hens now. Some of the chickens take on this sumo like stance when I'm trying to "herd" them. They drop their bum, keep their wing tips tucked tight, and spread their "upper arms" to look wider at the top. They seriously look like a sumo wrestler at the start of their fight. They are nearly impossible to move at that point short of picking them up and putting them where I want them. That is ridiculously easy and most of my girls don't like being handled. If I were a predator I would eat well. What are they doing and why? Or is it just contagious insanity? Next question and I will post pics. (It would be easier if I could figure out how to make a new post from my phone.) When we were given out second group of chickens they had naked spots on their wings. I'm wondering if their old owners clipped their flight feathers. Should I be concerned that the skin is so exposed? If so what should I do? I figured that if they needed new feathers they would just grow them. I think I have a couple going through spring molt and so I now understand they can't grow new feathers until they loose the old shaft. Bonus question what can I do to help my poor ugly chickens (pics to follow) through this spring molt? We feed 20% layer pellets (appx 7 lbs), and about 2-3 lbs of scratch, corn, or some other type of treat (sometimes I feel generous and they get lettuce). They now have free access to Pigeon grit and will have oyster shells shortly. They also get to free range for 6+ hours a day. They could range more if they didn't hide eggs, silly birds. Pretty sure I'm over feeding because there are pellets and grain left when I close their run back up at night.