the long and the short of it is...
2 hens, one older one younger...both commercial layers "new hampshire red" & "Isa Brown"
the new one is the younger hen, only had her for 2 - 3 weeks. she layed eggs for the first week and then stopped for 2 weeks already.
the older hen has suddenly gone broody, wont leave the coop. she used to lay 6 eggs per 7 days.
i stole the eggs under her in hope to stop her broodiness. so now she sits on nothing all day..and she hasnt layed since the past week since broodiness.!
Question 1, do hens stop laying when they are broody? and if someone steals the egg, she wont lay anymore?
question 2, why has the young one stop laying? can it be possible that the young one is put off from laying because it sees the old one broody?
well in Australia at the moment its nearly reaching summer.
average temperature of 25 - 30 degrees celcius...(77 - 86 deg farenheiht) it will only get hotter here.
does anyone have advice on this?