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Ok...So I got my first chickens a few weeks ago on a Friday. Unfortunately, I had to go out of town for that weekend.My dogs ended up getting into my coop and they killed 3 of my chickens. Only one in that coop survived. Now, Lucky (name for her "luck" of living through the attack) has only lain one soft shelled egg the day after the attack. How do I help her so she will start laying again? She is up walking around, eating and drinking fine. No wounds are visible. It has been two weeks now.

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Ok...So I got my first chickens a few weeks ago on a Friday. Unfortunately, I had to go out of town for that weekend.My dogs ended up getting into my coop and they killed 3 of my chickens. Only one in that coop survived. Now, Lucky (name for her "luck" of living through the attack) has only lain one soft shelled egg the day after the attack. How do I help her so she will start laying again? She is up walking around, eating and drinking fine. No wounds are visible. It has been two weeks now.


The best way to help her is to provide her a good environment, good feed and fresh water - she will lay once she has recovered from the stress of all that has happened.  It is not just the attack but also having been moved,  the sudden loss of her flock-mates and suddenly being alone when she is a flock animal.  Two weeks is not *that* long to recover from all she has experienced.

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Ok, good. I am getting her some new flockmates this weekend. Her coop is right next door to the Silkie Coop so they cluck at each other throught the runs during the day.

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Ok, good. I am getting her some new flockmates this weekend. Her coop is right next door to the Silkie Coop so they cluck at each other throught the runs during the day.


That is good - but keep in mind that the introduction of new birds can also influence production. 

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