ok I have heard several people say thier chicks would stop laying while they moulted.... I was wondering if any one could explain that to me.... My assumtion is that it is when they loose thier feathers and get new ones.... If I am right I was wondering if they HAVE to do this to be healthy? I have mine under 17 hours of light in a heated (50-60 degree) barn and they have not "molted" if it is healthy for them not to I dont want to make them and if its not I need to know how to make them molt.... what is the purpose of them moulting? the only feathers my two hens have lost was because I trimed them (flight ones).