Update on My Chicken Saga..
We booted all the roosters out of the coop. That helped a lot. The hens seem calmer.. Thanks for that tip Spininggrandma.
We (my daughters actually do most of the chicken duty as it is there little project so to speakÃ‚â€¦ They hope to sell eggs one day!).. They recounted all the hensÃ‚â€¦ 20+ and 10+ on the roosters. We originally ordered 40. A few died in the first couple of weeks, the rest we still have.
To answer LeahÃ‚â€™s questionÃ‚â€¦ no my hens had not started laying when the days got shorter. They have really not laid at all (we did not get ANY eggs at all until a couple of days after Thanksgiving).. Funny I never thought of feeding a chicken bird seed..
We do feed layer pellets and leftover scraps of veggies or grain or anything else from the house that I think they may like. Sometimes Emily will cook them up some brown rice and split peas and they go nuts over that.
I pretty sure they are not laying somewhere else. They stay in their coop until later in the afternoon and then we let them out to free range for the rest of the day. Although in the past with other chickens I have had I will come across a surprise nest someplace.
I like a couple of roosters around (but 10+ is getting a bit ridiculous). I have read that fertilized eggs are healthier for you. Also I like to have an occasionally clutch of eggs hatch from some unknown place.. it is so fun to see baby chicks with their mamaÃ‚â€™s.
But for now, my roosters future seems to be the stew pot. Maybe when the rain lets up for moment I will get that job done. My dad use to come and do it for me. Now I am on my own (my dad passed away a little over a year ago).
After 10 eggs, my thoughts towards those hens are a little more pleasant. Maybe soon I wonÃ‚â€™t be buying eggs from Costco at the same time I buy layer pellets, and all the other misc. things required to keep them going.