Egg production went from 8 - 12 eggs a day to just a couple a day. My wife and I moved to a rural area a couple of weeks ago, which means the chickens went from a 6 X 18 run, to several acres of free range. The hens have a mixture of wooded areas and open field. A good number of the hens seem to be moulting. Some have recovered their feathers, while others are just now getting some new feathers in. Laying pellets are available to the hens, but they prefer to forage. A scoop of laying pellets has been in the feeder for 3 or 4 days now. When the hens were confined to the run they would eat nothing but laying pellets and some hen scratch from time to time. When confined they would go through 2 scoops of laying pellets everyday. But now, a scoop has lasted almost 4 days. My flock includes: 4 – Rhode Island Reds 2 – Silver Laced Wyandotte 2 – Barred Rocks 2 – Australorps 2 – Black Jersey Giants 1 – Speckled Sussex No roosters My location is southeast Texas. We are also in the hottest time of the year right now with daytime highs in the upper 90s / low 100s and high humidity. Why is egg production down? I suspect that it is related to the moulting and summer heat. But what about diet? How much fewer eggs do free range hens lay as compared to confined hens?