My present herd of 7 Dutch Welsummers and 10 Black French Marans are only reliably putting out a grand total of 5 and 6 eggs per day. The hens are a 2016 hatch, and molting only a small amount. After dark tonight, Hubby and I, tagged ten hens that still appear to be laying(??). All of the tagged are still sporting rosy/large combs, typical of "active layers". But, I have read that hens that have had "extraordinary" production may also appear pale in terms of comb colors, leg color, because of the stress on their bodies. The Marans seemed to take a little longer to come into production, as opposed to the Welsummers. So, the "Frenchies" may be just laying later into the year? Did I band the "right" hens? Should I judge by comb size & rosy color? Thanks, for any comments. WE NEED to CULL!