Recently I'd been noticing a larger than average amount of feathers in my run. At first I wasn't sure what was causing it because:
1. My pullets are too young to molt.
2. No predator got in there to hurt any of them.
That got me to thinking why I haven't had any eggs up to this point. All of my girls are old enough and have combs that have been getting brighter red and there for a week I thought that they were going to lay just any day. I even heard a couple of attempts at egg songs. Then all of a sudden everyone of them started acting super stressed and flightier than usual. I hadn't changed my routine or theirs in any way. ( feed was the same, etc etc) I also noticed that the rooster was acting more aggressive towards me whenever I came in to clean or check the house etc. (we raised him). I let it go and decided to wait and see.
Anyway my father-in-law and I were outside Friday evening having a beer while all of the chickens were free ranging a bit before going to roost. I heard some crazy squawking and went to investigate. The ****** rooster was going from pullet to pullet attacking them and trying to do "his thing". Well that explained it all to me immediately. I allowed everyone back into roost that night. (it was late and he ran into roost faster than I could get him.)
Saturday morning, the rooster (he was a big yellow guy) decided to come after me when I came in the run to check everyone out. Wings, claws, the whole nine-yards! The crazy SOB even got a couple of licks in on my arms! Big mistake! I snatched him up and we had a little talk in my barn very quickly afterwards. I won the argument.....
Yesterday morning I went out to let everyone out and it was as if I had a completely different flock! They were calm, quiet, and just went about their business.
So, now that I've eliminated their main point of stress: Should they begin laying soon or do any of you think that the crazy rooster totally jacked up their cycle?