For years, we've kept two hen houses. One for the young hens and one for the old ones.
This provides some genetic diversity at breeding time -- and it gives us a little insurance on one flock surviving a predator attack.
However, in an effort to save time -- and feed, I combined the flocks in late fall and put them all -- 19 hens and three roosters -- in one hen house. They still have room to roam. I figured they'd be fine.
Maybe a break-up will inspire some egg laying.
So, this week, I'm opening up the young hen house and then moving some hens to it. (So it may be a few days before I write another egg mystery report... unless of course, I find an egg!)