What exactly is molting? My 12 buff hens are still laying everyday and look like they need to put some pants on cause their butts have no feathers left. We just figured its because our 1 buff rooster (Red) is very active. (I mean every couple of minutes) Well, Red now has a bare spot. Its a square spot right above his tail on his back, about 3 x 3. It was even bleeding yesterday. I aint seen any hens jumping on him, so is he molting? He is so big and has never allowed me to hold him so I cant put any meds on it.