I'm sure this topic makes the rounds every few months, but I'm just curious to hear other's experience. About 2 weeks ago on a cold, rainy, stormy afternoon I had two huge Great Pyrennes dogs show up that killed 3 hens and a duck. I tried scaring them with a 12 gauge, and they didn't budge. Threw firewood at them, and they just laid there like I was hurting their feelings. Still, they were beautiful dogs, and likely 150 pounds each, so I just couldn't shoot them. Finally ran them off with a tractor.
So, since then, no eggs. I've got about 12-14 pullets that weren't yet laying, but had about 3 hens and a duck that were laying well. One of the dead was my best Black Copper Maran. Exasperating. We actually had to buy eggs for the first time in years. I can't wait till these pullets get laying, should be next month, unless the winter slows them.
Anyone have timelines on how long these stresses can hang around?
Hold the phone. I just now got an egg. First cackle I've heard in a while. Once hen only.