I joined this forum a month or so ago. I used your materials in processing a rooster and a hen that was thought to be a rooster. More likely just the top hen who was particularly aggressive. Your materials were extremely helpful.
I now have a few hens, a female duck and a male duck. The male duck has taken over the rooster duties and is chasing everybody around, including one of our dogs. He is a runner duck and can't fly, which helps. The female duck has a bald patch on the back of her neck but does not run away from the male. The hens run away and have figured out that they can brush off the male under the bushes.
All 3 hens have stopped laying eggs. Is this normal for the time of year? Is it related to the male duck problem? They were laying just fine until this last week. They slowed down egg production and then stopped altogether. I was getting 2 to 3 eggs a day. I have had only 3 eggs in the last 3 days.
I have followed the feeding advise on here and they do not have any mites or anything I can find wrong. The hens seem very happy, even one that jumps up to sit with me when I am outside on the porch.
Should I worry or just go with the flow?