I am concerned about my Buff Orpington's. They are just over a year old. We have 25 hens and 1 rooster. They used to lay on average 16-19 eggs per day up until 3wks-1month ago. Now they only lay between 6-10 eggs a day. I researched reasons on this forum and it list "stress" as being a possible contributing factor. My question is what kind of "stress" would make a chicken stress to the point that it would not lay it's eggs? And also, I am not quite familiar with the term "broodiness"!! What does this term mean? With all of this being said; since they are over a year old-it's not the chicken's age; They are "molting" but have went through this before and it did NOT affect their numbers of eggs per day; It is definitely not "poor nutrition", ours eat "Laying/Layer(s) Mash-crumbled", old egg shells, and cracked corn. They were given antibiotic in their water 3-4wks ago. This was first and last time unless it might help us get a higher quantity. Is there anything that we can do regarding stress and molting to increase our egg count? Or is this just something that is inevitable? If there are any of you chicken farmers out there that would like to share some advice that would have a positive impact to our current situation...PLEASE HELP ME!!!! The chickens stay in about an acre of fenced in property and free range all day(9am-8pm); at which time they are locked into a chicken house that is 16ftx8ft, they have individual "roosts" to roost on and there are enough for each individual chicken. PLEASE HELP...I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIX THIS ISSUE...THANK YOU EVERYONE IN ADVANCE FOR ATLEAST READING, AND THOSE OF YOU WHO OFFER UP ADVICE---THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! Sincerely, Lora W.