I'd love to know. I suspect one of my 1+ yr. old hens is starting to molt because her feathers are looking all deranged. If anyone has pictures of your molts in progress, can you post? Also, what is the purpose behind molting? Does it serve a purpose? Seems nature would have them molt in the summer and not when it's getting cold out? I have one RIR hen that is just plain ol ugly. She's been looking like she's in some stage of molt for months. Her son, one of my young roosters, looks just like her - u-g-l-y. I don't think she has a problem, but I'm assuming some hens have beautiful feathers and some just have "bad hair". But what's the deal with molting?