I've got a few questions.
I've got a mixed flock, types and ages.
My babies are silkies, 4 months old. I think they are all pullets. No one has shown themselves to be a roo, but I would not mind if one was. There are 5 of these.
My next set of 3 are 6 months old. I've gotten a couple of small brown eggs from them so far. Issue I have is they alternately spend a lot of time during the day in the nesting boxes with no eggs produced. Is this normal? Not sure of their breed, all black.
My next are unknown age. I got them from a lady who could no longer take care of them. There are 2 barred rocks, a Dominque, and an all brown one. I know the brown one is laying eggs, I've caught her in the nesting box and waited. Nice big brown eggs. She likes the nesting box with the golf ball in it. One of the others is laying as well as I've gotten 2 large brown eggs in one day. Need to find a rooster for them.
Next, from the same lady, I have 2 ferals (I am in Hawaii and these are common). One just announced he is a rooster. My question is should I separate these two from the others? I don't want him mating with my older ladies. I won't begrudge their eggs or chicks, but don't want to mix the breeds, if that is even possible. I'm guessing these are about 4 months old since Junior has just found his voice.
Thanks for any insight.