This is another time to watch each chicken very closely- time for another beak to butt checkup! Molting can stress them and the loss of feathers could indicate that something else bedsides molting is going on. Chickens can go through different degrees of molting - like our 'mini-molt'. A reduction in egg-laying is normal during molting but it can seem like a hardship when you don't have delicious fresh eggs everyday!
Molting (which takes place once a year) in late summer/early fall gives them time to grow in a new healthy batch of feathers intended to help keep their bodies warm in winter. I think a healthy, happy, warm chicken will be a good trade-off for a few less eggs!
- I'll be reminding myself all of this this next year. Ours won't start laying till mid December. Right now they're just working on looking cute and fluffy...can't wait for eggs!