Rooster and egg production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WildBillHicks, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. WildBillHicks

    WildBillHicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jul 25, 2011
    Durham, North Carolina
    Got a rooster about a month ago. My hens were laying on average 7 eggs a day. This last week it was down to 3-4. The weather has been really nice, they get all kinds of food from typical mash/scratch to suet, grass, bugs, etc so I doubt it's anything related to their diet. What could it be then, could it be the rooster? Just searching for ideas. Thanks
     
  2. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Florida
    Great question! I have silkies, light sussex, white leghorn (young), and sultans. All the sudden the sultans just completely quit laying and the others are going strong? Anybody have any ideas! The weather has been nice here too. They get nutritious food, nothing has changed to cause them any stress (that I know of anyway). They have always had a rooster in there. So...I'm scratching my head too! Any help is appreciated.
     
  3. peepsquad

    peepsquad Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having a new problem myself. We got a rooster on saturday, they seem to like him, normally they all lay in the nesting boxes. this morning i let them out and one of the hens ran across the property and into some bushy area at the base of an oak tree. 1/2 hour later she started the egg song and the roo came running, and escorted her back to the rest of the group. Why is she hiding her eggs now? i took it and labled it, and stuck it in the nest box. how long can they stay there waiting for a broody before its no good?
     

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