The process of molting can be a shock at first, however, there are signs that will help you know what is happening.
Molting is a natural and necessary process in chickens that can become dangerous for them if they are not well cared for.
The old feathers are beginning to be pushed out by the new feathers, so they are beginning to lose their luster.
Your chicken’s feathers are looking dull.
Once the molting process begins in a chicken, the new feathers will slowly begin to push out the old feathers, leaving small patches of missing feathers.
Your chicken has obvious missing feathers.
Egg production also requires a lot of protein, so most chickens have to stop laying during the molting process to accommodate this need.
Your chicken is not laying or sitting on any eggs.