Well, here goes...I purchased a dozen Cinnamon Queen hens 18 months old from someone who had not taken care of them. They had lost a lot of feathers, which appeared to be molting to me. They had not been fed or watered properly and were highly stressed. We brought them home and immediately deloused and wormed them. After a few weeks we added them to the nine chickens we already had. Of course they are pecking each other and now two of the newbies have died in the last four days. They are getting plenty of laying mash, scratch feed, oyster shells, and fresh water. I am getting between 9 and 12 eggs a day...big, beautiful brown eggs. But I can stand the thought that I might be doing something wrong or haven't done enough to help the Queens get proper nourishment. Maybe the stress of adding them to the older hens was too much. Maybe the coop isn't big enough. How do you know? Can anyone help me?
Thanks for any advice or assistance you can share.