I never really paid attention to eggs volume with or without a Male with them havoc but usually all the hens are paired up unless setting. I'll have single males but rarely single hens even the Grey's are paired with something while they are layed off just out of convenience on my part
I HATE snakes!!! So some of my hens are free range and lately 2 of my bravest hens were acting like they got in corn mash (aka snot faced drunk) this happened overnight they would flop flip jump twirl, and failed the whole field sobriety test miserably.I was going to ring some necks,sigh. All of a sudden 2 other hens nesting under a shed raised wholly hell, my trusty mutt dog scooted under, and then it turned real ugly, dog came out with the a** end of a 7ft rat snake shaking like mad. The front half of the snake was wrapped around the neck of hen #3!! Had my son hold jenny and I cut the snake off,fed it to the dog. Hope I got to her in time,she is wobbly but can function, she returned to her nest.I guess since I'm in fl swampland its no surprise, been here my whole life,and I HATE snakes.The dog will be on permanent yard duty, no more sleeping on the couch!!Unfortunately the first two are too far gone brain was simply cut off from oxygen too long.Bummer.Good Roundheads. Just wanted to share this if somebody else has a drunk, check for snakes,Thank god they were not sick, but gone is gone.At least I was able to salvage 15eggs from them in the incubator now.