Please bare with me I am still new to the chicken thing...
I had 8 chickens last year and was getting 7-8 eggs a day when they started laying. I had to give up 3 of the ladies so I have 5 now. However I now only get 1 or 2 eggs a day. What is going on there? I should be at 4-5 a day I would think - this has been this way for 2 1/2 months now.
Also, I have one broody lady who refuses to get up and out. She pecks me if you try to take the eggs from under her. What can I do to help her get the point that she is not having chicks any day soon? We have 8 boxes so they all have a place to go lay.
Also, I have a new araucana rooster. at what point can I mix him in with the ladies?
I know this might be a real stupid ? but he can fertilise eggs of any type of chicken right? they do not have to be araucana hens right? Also from a genetics standpoint, will this mix of Araucana roo with other hens cause any qeird genetic issues? do you think I can hatch said chicks?
Lastly, I have 2 indian runner ducks. Would it even be ok to keep the chickens and the ducks in the same pen?
Thank you for your input.