The ladies have officially started to molt their feathers and have stopped egg production. The daylight has dwindled enough to trigger this annual bird tradition. One of the ladies looks horrible with half her neck feathers gone in a very humorous fashion. There is one of the ladies still putting an egg out once in a while. We feel fortunate these days to open the nest and find a egg surprise on some mornings.
Here is another blog that sites helpful info to care for molting hens, check it out at Backyard Farming: The Urban Homestead.