I finally decided to do somthing in this management aera this week . have some silkies that for the last 3 months none hatched after trying 3 times with 10 to 12 eggs each time. I figured that sence the hens are laying eggs then the roosters ( older) must be shooting blanks so I got rid of both old roosters and got a younger one , also have one smaller pen that is just behind the big pen and barn , so because I am not getting but 2 to 4 eggs a day out of 9 hens , I am goimg to move 1 hen at a time to the smaller pen alone , plan to leave her/them there for 3 days to see if they are laying or not , if they lay an egg then I will paint a toenail with red polish and move them back to the big pen and try another one , no egg - soup or sale . Question,,, is 3 days long enough to tell if they are laying or not ?? none of the hens are more than 2 years old yet . most are around a 1¼ years old .