Muffin is the first of our chooks to moult. She's only 11 mths old, so quite young still She's not a happy camper at all hiding away from the other chickens and from us!
I've read that picking them up when in moult causes them pain. It's a bit like lying on a bed of nails for them with new feathers poking through.
She's been loving all the extra protein - scrambled eggs, tuna, sunflower seeds and meat scraps. She's stopped laying eggs for now which I'm pleased about as all her energy needs to go into growing new feathers!