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In late August I had to stop free ranging my flock due to predators, lost half my flock over the summer.  And since then the egg production has dwindled to maybe one egg a day if we are lucky.  I have 1 barred rock, 1 black austerlop, 1 brown leghorn, 1 white leghorn and 3 Rhode Island reds; I do have 3 roosters.  Their run is 20'x25', which I feel is big enough.  Feed is the same.  Can offer any advice.

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Originally Posted by sckrob 

In late August I had to stop free ranging my flock due to predators, lost half my flock over the summer.  And since then the egg production has dwindled to maybe one egg a day if we are lucky.  I have 1 barred rock, 1 black austerlop, 1 brown leghorn, 1 white leghorn and 3 Rhode Island reds; I do have 3 roosters.  Their run is 20'x25', which I feel is big enough.  Feed is the same.  Can offer any advice.


first,  Im so sorry you lost half your flock its never easy going throught that. Right now Im waiting for the sun to rise to see if my 3 call ducks came home-first time ever they didnt come home to get locked up:-(

Second,  You have too many roosters-1 is more than enough for the girls you have.. ratio is 1 roo to 8-10 hens. They could be getting over mated and its stressing them out bigtime. 

third,  they could be moulting like most do this time of year 1/2 of mine are:-(

fourth,  feed them extra protein filled snacks and food-when in moult all their energy goes into producing new feathers not eggs.  SO with the extras they could begin laying sooner.

fifth,  how old are they?  They could be near the ends of their egg production cycles??

good luck thumbsup


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Okay, thanks for the comments,

To answer the first question, I agree that I may have too many roosters, I will have to work on thinning them out.  2 of them are Brown Leghorns and are good looking birds, really don't want to butcher them.

Second question, how long the a molt take, this has been going on since August/September, and I have not noticed a significant loss of feathers other than the pecking that has been normally occurring,

Lastly, most of them are less than two years old to the best of my memory, one is less that a year, that would be my Brown Leghorn, she started laying and then quit, rooster thing I bet from what you have said.

Thanks for the help.

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Okay, thanks for the comments,

To answer the first question, I agree that I may have too many roosters, I will have to work on thinning them out.  2 of them are Brown Leghorns and are good looking birds, really don't want to butcher them.

Dont blame yah there-but can you rehome them? Sell them?  I had 7 SQ roosters I had to butcher 2 weeks ago because they were all trying to mate my hens and it was stressing them out-tried to sell them/give them away but this time of year not alot of people looking for roosters:-(  I wasn't going to let them hurt my girls and I didnt have an extra coop to hang on to them..look into your feed store alot of them will take your roos and sell them-not for you for them to make a little bit of $ but at least they do the work for you:-)

Second question, how long the a molt take, this has been going on since August/September, and I have not noticed a significant loss of feathers other than the pecking that has been normally occurring,

MOlting can take anywhere from 1 month to several-I have both Ivebeen waiting on a few of mine for about 2 months now-still no eggs and they are less than a year old

Lastly, most of them are less than two years old to the best of my memory, one is less that a year, that would be my Brown Leghorn, she started laying and then quit, rooster thing I bet from what you have said.

Less than two years old they should still be producing-but again the weather and lack of day time light hours plays a major role too.  They need 14 hrs of light a day to keep producing like normal.  Some may still lay through Winter months but most will all together stop because like around here dawn is at 7am ish and dusk at 4:30 ish NOT enough light-so I have lights on for them:-)  can you get timer for lights in coop??

Thanks for the help.

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