Now is moulting time. Chickens are losing their feathers to make way for new ones. The most intentensive moult takes place in september, but it often also occurs in August. Now, hens stop laying and concentrate their energy on changing their old, damaged no-longer-waterproof plumage for new, waterproof, shiny feathers. Despite not laying, the hens still need the goodness of quality layers pellet or mash, and often benefit from a special moulting supplement. For those on a shoestring budget, a bottle of apple cider vinegar is a good investment, vinegar for birds health, your salad and chips!! Add the vinegar to the birds water at a percentage of one percent, maximum two percent.