So after a year of very productive egg laying by my year old seven Golden Comets there's been a drop off. I used to get 6 to 7 eggs a day. Egg production had dropped to about 5 per day and then one of the hens died and now I am getting about four per day. Any thoughts on why egg production would be decreased? In any event, I need more eggs, and so bought a couple of 15 week old RI Reds and they had a very tough time with being introduced to the rest of the flock. The older hens would not let them eat and the pullets just hid in the nest boxes. I decided to throw them in a covered run I keep for some Muscovies, who didn't seem too happy at first with them either but now they seem to get along fine. I'd like to introduce them back into the chicken coop at some point - any suggestions?