I'm new to the forum. So I'll give you a little background.... MIL bought me a set of 25 Fancy Layers from McMurray in early April of last year. 15 died. McMurrays replaced them with an unsexed batch of 25 none of those died. In June 21 of the 35 we had left came to live at my house. Since then for one reason or another we have lost chickens and roos. One morning I came in to find a roo decapitated and the head completely missing. Several of the other roos over time have appeared to be sick they have troubly standing, they sort of tip over, they'll shake their heads and then pass etc. So... long story short.... we are down to 4 hens and 1 roo. They are a year old and I have NO eggs. None. My only layer was eaten by a possum about 3 weeks ago. I don't get it. I should have had eggs in September of last year. We had nothing. December rolled around. Still No eggs. Finally in Feb my buff cochin starts laying an egg a day. Then she gets picked off and now I just don't understand. They're a year old. Shouldn't they be laying???? I checked the hens, and they're hens alright. Vents look healthy. Chickens look healthy and behave healthy. They eat layer feed with the occasional scratch treat, fruits and veggies and they get fresh clean water more than 2X daily. I just don't get it. If anyone has any thoughts on the matter I'd appreciate it. We just bought 22 more chicks and 2 ducks to replace the malfunctioning chickens. I'm going to clean and scrub the coop before sticking them all out there. Any suggestions on what to scrub the place down with would be appreciated as well. I just want cotton pickin eggs for Pete's sake!