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Rooster gone after two years; hens declining in egg laying suddenly. Why??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fairfeatherfriend, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. fairfeatherfriend

    fairfeatherfriend Out Of The Brooder

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    We currently have a flock of 9 hens, and we've had a beautiful auracana roo for two years. Just recently, (due to neighborhood discontent with his vocalization, among other antics), he found another home on a farm hours away. With the warmer weather and increased daylight, we were getting 4-6 eggs daily. Since he's been gone (two weeks now, the production has gone down to 0-2. Is this an indication that the hens are upset? And will they adapt? Or am I making up reasons that don't really exist? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Wolfstorm82

    Wolfstorm82 Out Of The Brooder

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    The ceramic eggs work wonders.
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2016
  3. mustang56

    mustang56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they are probably stressed and missing him...
    I would give them a little more human attention...and some of their favorite treats,
    if you can't bring him home...
    Might also be it's hot...?
    Maybe just taking a break from laying eggs.... =)
     
  4. fairfeatherfriend

    fairfeatherfriend Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll try the eggs (I've had one wooden one in there, but it's pretty yucky-looking now!) Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  5. Talithahorse

    Talithahorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use golf balls and the girls don't seem to notice the difference.[​IMG]
     
  6. fairfeatherfriend

    fairfeatherfriend Out Of The Brooder

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    No, can't bring him home :(
    Good idea to give them a bit more TLC. We'll follow-up. Weather here in the northwest has not been too hot. I'm hoping time will work... Thanks.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    When they lose a rooster for whatever reason, they seem to go through a mourning period. My Orpington flock lost their rooster in 2012. He was 5 yrs 8 months, the only one they ever knew, and when he died, some just quit laying and never laid again. I still have one remaining hen of his who is now over 8 years old and she did not lay after he left. She did crow just like a rooster for a couple of days, but never after that. They do become attached, Ive seen, time after time, when one of my roosters passes away.
     

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