Insight needed: I had a little flock of 8 hens, mixed breeds; 4 older, established layers, 4 who had just started laying sporadically, 7 months old. I was then given 6 little 5-month old hens, and naively introduced them all the flock at once. Everyone but the dominant hen totally stopped laying!! It's been about a month now - one of the newly laying hens has started laying again, and the dominant hen has gone broody and isn't laying. So I've got 14 hens, and I'm getting 1 tiny egg a day. I was getting about 6 a day, providing enough for us and the kiddos who have their own households now. Now we're all reduced to (gasp!) buying pathetic store eggs!! Why would the other layers not have started re-laying after adjusting to the new hens in the flock? Shouldn't they have adjusted by now, or is it still too soon to expect them to have recovered from the shock of the new hens?? What other factors might be in play of which I'm not aware?