What's your secret?
We got 2 eggs & only about 4 chickens are laying. The other 12 are either molting, recovering from molt, or too young to start laying.
The molting has also been a little wacky. Some continued to lay while beginning to molt (only a light molt in a few places). Now they're committed & stopped laying. Another molted for 1.5 months, then started laying for 2 weeks, then her comb went pale & she stopped laying again. I'm noticing a couple of her feathers in the coop floor, but not more than 2-3 feathers per day. Finally, two pullets saw the hens molting & decided to join them. I got only about a month of eggs before they stopped. I'm happy their molt is gradual, but I miss the eggs. Then there's the EEs who just refuse to lay in the winter.
Anyway, I'm glad your wild rooster came back.
My aunt asked me the same thing! 😂 Of my two EE hens, one is laying. I give them 2qts pellets, table scraps throughout the day, and one of the following: suet block, oats, plain canned collars greens. Whenever I dress out a rabbit, they also get the heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs (I've gotten mixed feedback on feeding them raw organ meat, but it's working for me, and they don't pick at each and canabalize which has always been the main argument against ) Throughout the course of the day (stay at home dad so times a luxury for me, when the man cub allows it) I also hold and interact with each and every one. I also thank them when I collect the eggs. A little appreciation goes a long way apparently 😂😂. In the last two weeks I've given away 4 dozen eggs, and 2-3 days a week I have 2 homemade egg and cheese sandwiches for lunch. I'm usually getting no less than 3, up to 6, each day.