We are newbie chicken parents and got our 3 chickens (2 Barred Rock and 1 Red Star) in June when they were 10 weeks old. Once they started laying we were pretty much getting 3 eggs a day, especially from our Red Star. A week or so ago we noticed one of our Barred Rocks wasn't as lively as she used to be and that she seems to be having a poop problem....it's sticking to her rear end. She also seems more plump and has become broody. We don't think she's laying at all anymore. What could be wrong? Is it treatable? We think our Red Star isn't laying much anymore too.
We live in CA and had to cover more of their run area due to all of the rain we have been getting (it became very, very muddy), Thank you El Nino!!! It's made more of their run dark but they still an area they can go to get sun (when it's not too cloudy). Do we need to worry about the area being darker now? Could that have an issue on their laying?
Appreciate any insight!!!