Taking a break

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Leisure105, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Leisure105

    Leisure105 In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2015
    I have a small backyard free range flock of mixed breeds (buff brahma x, rir brahma x, speckled, americana, etc,). They will be a year old soon. They layed well all winter but I recently added a new rooster and the production has decreased as of late. The weather has been nice lately and all the birds seem in good health. So I'm wondering if hens take breaks from laying and so any insight as to why the decrease would be appreciated.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    The introduction of a roo should not, in theory affect egg production. Having said that, if he is rough on your girls, the stress of being mated frequently and roughly could be a reason. The suggested (though not written in stone) roo to hen ratio is 1:10. As some members rightly point out, even with such a ratio, a roo seems to have his favourite girls and they can be stressed by his attentions.

    Maybe others could suggest other reasons for a reduction in egg laying.

    All the best

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