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Hey everyone.  I have been using BYC for quite a while now and decided it was time to actually join.  My wife and I have a small flock of 20 chickens (17 hens, 3 roos).  One of the roosters is a bit older and quite chill when it comes to mating with the girls.  Overall he is a wonderful rooster.  The other two however are young and full of "vigor"  As these two young adolescents have gotten bigger I've noticed a slight drop in egg production by 3-4 eggs per day.  We were getting around 13-14/day and now are down to 8 or 9.  My question is could the added stress from being "wooed" by too many roosters be causing a drop in egg production?  Thanks!

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I have no experience with roos, but wonder how old are your hens?  Their productivity does decline dramatically after a couple of years.

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Hens are anywhere from 8-15 months old.  Another thing that I forgot to mention is that about two weeks ago my flock came down with what sounded like a cold.  After some advice from a farmer friend of mine we bought some VetRx and sprayed the flock each night as they roosted. We did this for around 4-5 nights and the respiratory illness (whatever it was) seemed to clear right up.  I suppose this too could be contributing to the egg production drop.  Thanks!

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Hi and welcome to BYC.

 

I'd suggest that the drop in egg production is more likely attributable to the illness that your chickens have, and not the randy little roos.

 

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One rooster can handle 10 hens,   so unless you have 30 hens,  it would be good if you  rehome  one of the roos at least.  If you don't need fertile eggs for hatching or sales, you don't even need a rooster.  Hens will be much less stressed without the constant annoyance  of multi roosters,  and will lay  as many eggs as your genes allow.

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