I have been told that I have a bad rooster to hen ratio. 8 hens to 4 Roos . It may be causing the delay in my hens starting to lay so I am trying to fix the problem as quickly as possible without putting such beautiful Rare breed roosters under the ax! They are currently listed for sale on a local swap & shop board but in the meantime I am hoping my alternative measure may help. At 6AM I turn on the light in their coop and then kick the roosters out to free range while leaving the hens inside the coop to be fed. I then let the roosters in at about 6PM and then turn the light off at 8. I am hoping this will deter any harrassing going on but it may just stress the girls out even more since they are no longer getting out to range. Please tell me if I may be doing the wrong thing!