Hi, I had an unruly rooster. He attacked everyone, and was too much man for my two hens, so I gave him away.
I was usually getting close to two eggs a day on average from my two x-breed layers, which are 18 months old and seemingly in good condition. I have more chickens but two died from marecks some time ago.
I am in Melbourne so we are in late spring, when I should be getting more eggs. However I now get less than 1 egg a day, so something is wrong.
I like to let the girls roam free, so often leave the gate to the run open. Since no rooster, I have had crows raid the coop, but so far I have gotten rid of two crows (well one, as one committed suicide in a water trough), not sure if there are more. Would getting another a rooster stop this? Maybe this is a stress? There may be other raiders like sneaky rats, I wonder if the rooster kept them at bay.
I introduced two young bantams when I got rid of the rooster. They are quiet and do not interact with the larger birds. Not sure if this could affect things.
The eggs I get, one a day or less, are rougher than usual, with a light sandpapery texture and sometimes a more pronounced bump on the end. Otherwise they appear fine.
I have not changed their diet, and they have water.
If there are no major health issues I might get another two layers and a smaller rooster if it helps keep the girls laying and protects the hens and eggs. Shame, the last rooster was a beast and would attack everything, including the german shepherd. I just could not have him around my kids.
Any help welcome.