And, it's that time of year again. Of my flock of four, I had two early molters, that molted last year. One of my EEs started molting just last week and there are feathers everywhere! She is a darker bird and looks as though she is a pillow that the stuffing is coming out of. Anyway, I've read some informative things on molting, but couldn't find the answer to my question (though I don't doubt it's on here some where!) Why, oh why do they molt in the fall? It just seems like the worst time of year to lose feathers. Is there a scientific/evolutionary reason that the molt is in the fall...or is it just based on the age of the bird and since the greater majority of people tend to get/hatch chicks in the spring this is just how it works out? Thanks for the information.