I have approximately 73 Rhode Island Red hens (from McMurray) hatchery and I am trying to determine if I need to do anything to increase their egg laying efficiency or if I am getting what I should expect. The hens are right around 7 months old, and started laying shortly before fall, so I am not sure if I've ever gotten 100 percent of their capacity or should expect more in the spring.
Right now I am getting anywhere from 24 eggs a day (A few days after a really cold, rainy spell with freezing waterers and nasty conditions) to around 42, 44 eggs daily. They receive no supplemental light or heat. A normal day is usually right at 3 dozen.