Hi all, I was wondering if any of you experienced this. Last year we had 9 laying hens and had pretty good egg production, even through the winter. This year I have 19 hens (7 are almost 2 years old though so not super-productive, all the rest are less than a year old) and we also have one rooster. We were only getting between 4 and 9 eggs per day! I was going nuts because feeding 20 chickens and getting only 6 eggs a day is not a great feeling. This has been going on for months - I haven't gotten over a dozen eggs in one day in over 3months. Until 2 days ago. I really had a feeling that the rooster was impacting egg production somehow - pressuring the hens. Plus we're feeding a big bird who definitely lays no eggs! So I finally talked my husband into it (he felt sorry for the poor guy!). On Saturday we separated him from the hens (water only, no food) - guess what? We got 13 eggs that day. Sunday was his last day (*sniff*) and we got 14 eggs that day. So is this just a coincidence or what? I'll have to see if they keep it up at this rate. I don't get it - usually the recommended ratio for hens to roosters is 10:1, and here this guy had 19 ladies. Also, he didn't seem overly aggressive - he never was aggressive with us, and he seemed okay with the hens, as far as roosters go I guess. I mean he'd definitely bite their combs and all but that's normal right? (this was our first rooster so I only know rooster behavior from what I've read on this forum and our 7-month experience with this rooster). Just wondering what your thoughts are ... thanks!