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Chicken Trauma = No Eggs?

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Hey All,

I had a major set back in the middle of June. A neighborhood dog got into my yard and killed 31 chickens. Literally the night before I had introduced 25 new layers that were just up to size. I have video surveillance and can see that in about 10 minutes the dog killed 31 birds even going into the hen house and ripping them out of their egg boxes... :-(
This was 4.5 months ago.  I have been patient with the remaining 30(ish) birds but have had maybe 5 eggs (total) since the attack.

Anyone hear of it taking this long to get back on track? Will they ever lay again or should I start over?

 

Couple of thoughts...
It was the hottest time of year in Florida, so I know that could've played a role in loss of egg production but it has cooled off significantly since the heat of summer...

 

We had a ton of rain a few weeks after the attack and a good portion of the bottom of their coop was underwater (for about a day while I fixed the drainage).

 

Thanks

100's of Ball Pythons, lots of chickens, Dorper x St Croix Sheep, 2 White Pekin Ducks, Yellow Lab, Chihuahua
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100's of Ball Pythons, lots of chickens, Dorper x St Croix Sheep, 2 White Pekin Ducks, Yellow Lab, Chihuahua
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If the remaining birds are good laying breeds, I wouldn't start over. I think the stress of the move and the related trauma of the dog attack is the problem. I've had dog attacks that stopped ovulation for 2 months. One flock wouldn't leave the coop for a week. That combined with time of year has them slow starting up.

If you make them feel secure and perhaps add a couple hours of light on a timer and they should kick in soon.

It is the signal of increasing day length that stimulates them.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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