Originally Posted by COChix
Just curious how many eggs ya'll are gettin each day? We have been low due to the heat and the girls eating less due to the heat. Out of 14 birds in Englewood we are getting around 8 eggs a day and for the three in Boulder typically 2 (one girl is broody). That is another thing that is odd this year, tons of Broodies. At one point in Englewood we had 4 Broodies and just when the last one stopped being broody the first one started again. Why would they be broody in this heat? I would think sitting on eggs in the heat wouldn't be my idea of a good time, but then again I am no chicken.
I've got 2 that went broody again & then with the 2 that died plus the heat, I'm only getting about 3 a day from the 5 remaining. I keep wondering why they keep going broody when the temps in the coop have gotten into the 100's on the hotter days.
My (almost all) 3 month old chicks got a bigger grow out pen recently. I still can't get the 2 flocks to mingle with each other when they free range, except with Ronan trying his moves on everything that looks vaguely like another chicken. I haven't tried actually integrating them since 3 of the baby flock are male & because 1 of the males has a deformation (he's also not yet 3 months old & still relatively small). After losing my 2 best hens, the adult flock is not very stable, so trying to integrate now seemed ill advised. I'll most likely just wait until I have the Bro Pen set up to see which males will get along & which won't. Maybe stick the younger males in with the adult hens one at a time so they can teach them how not to be jerks. Mercury loves to do that to Ronan.