Hi all! I'm a bit puzzled as to what is happening with my flock! Last winter 5 out of 6 hens were laying daily and now 1 maybe two are laying daily! Now here's the thing... I've had evidence of rats around the pen (but never seen one just tunnelling in the ground) but no problems from them so far. Also, last summer the chickens went broody and a few of them started to egg peck but non have gone broody this winter so I'm guessing it's not egg pecking goin on.. A few of the eggs are occassionally smashed when I open up the nest box (I look at it every other day right now sometimes daily). There's been a few other slight changes too.. I've switched from using dust free shavings to hay in the nest boxes as I thought hay was cosier for winter. The feeder has been changed to grandpas treadle as I thought rats are around (it's still on an open position till they all are used to eating from it) and the drinker is now a dog bowl not a chicken drinker.. So ideas? Is this all just a coincidence?