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Too many roosters causing drop in egg production?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CedarRockFarmer, May 17, 2016.

  1. CedarRockFarmer

    CedarRockFarmer New Egg

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    Hey everyone. I have been using BYC for quite a while now and decided it was time to actually join. My wife and I have a small flock of 20 chickens (17 hens, 3 roos). One of the roosters is a bit older and quite chill when it comes to mating with the girls. Overall he is a wonderful rooster. The other two however are young and full of "vigor" As these two young adolescents have gotten bigger I've noticed a slight drop in egg production by 3-4 eggs per day. We were getting around 13-14/day and now are down to 8 or 9. My question is could the added stress from being "wooed" by too many roosters be causing a drop in egg production? Thanks!
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] glad you decided to join us.

    I have no experience with roos, but wonder how old are your hens? Their productivity does decline dramatically after a couple of years.
     
  3. CedarRockFarmer

    CedarRockFarmer New Egg

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    Hens are anywhere from 8-15 months old. Another thing that I forgot to mention is that about two weeks ago my flock came down with what sounded like a cold. After some advice from a farmer friend of mine we bought some VetRx and sprayed the flock each night as they roosted. We did this for around 4-5 nights and the respiratory illness (whatever it was) seemed to clear right up. I suppose this too could be contributing to the egg production drop. Thanks!
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    I'd suggest that the drop in egg production is more likely attributable to the illness that your chickens have, and not the randy little roos.

    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    One rooster can handle 10 hens, so unless you have 30 hens, it would be good if you rehome one of the roos at least. If you don't need fertile eggs for hatching or sales, you don't even need a rooster. Hens will be much less stressed without the constant annoyance of multi roosters, and will lay as many eggs as your genes allow.
     

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