spring finally came and i wanted to replace the few girls i had lost in my first chicken year. i found a craig's list seller who advertised rir and br close to the same age as mine. when i got there, the daughter showed me the birds. although it was raining just a little, all i could do was stare at them speechless. when words finally came from my mouth, they were " why are they so torn up?" i mean these birds looked terrible. if my chickens have molted in their first year, they didn't look near this bad. but anyway, the daughter answered "they have been in the henhouse." after another speechless staring minute in the rain, she realized i still didn't understand, so she added "in the henhouse, there are three roosters for every hen to make sure they give fertile eggs." then it hit me why these girls were so torn up. i started to cry (on the inside), and wanted to buy all the hens i saw, just to rescue them. i only had room for 5, so took 3 rir and 2 br. my 13 girls were laying great. the ee shut down completely for the winter, but the isas and rir kept up with what me and my wife needed, plus enough to sell to cover their food. this was with no artificial light. and as this spring sprang, production was up and we even got 1 egg per girl on maybe 1 out of four days. we always got at least 10-11 per day. i knew from my learning here at byc that the move would cause stress and that i should expect some time before these new torn up birds started laying again. also i didn't know if they would be relieved with their move to the plush free-ranging life here, or if they would miss life in the henhouse (no roosters here). anyway, what i did not expect was that not only would they be stressed, but they would stress all the others too, and how long it would last. it's been over three weeks, and we are lucky to get 6 or 7 eggs a day from all 18. at first there was some integration pecking, but the pecking order seemed to be worked out within a few days. now they roost together just fine, they don't fight when cooped up together, or when the door to the run opens. mid-afternoon, the run opens and they free-range on over two acres until dark, and they all run together as one group when they see a person who might have a treat. but egg production is dismal. what do you folks think? is three weeks not enough and things will get better? when??? thanks for any help.