My husband and I currently have 5 fully grown hens.
A couple of months ago, I went outside because I heard my chickens cackling like they were scared. It turns out, a hawk had killed one of my chickens. Ever since then, our Alpha hen has refused to lay in the nesting boxes. Instead, it lays in front of the entrance to the coop. Could this possibly be because she wants to "protect" the flock? Or has she just decided she's going to do what she wants to do? We do not currently have any roosters, ours was eaten by a fox before we fenced in our yard. We are raising baby chicks in hopes of getting one or two roosters. If we do not have any, then we will find someone giving one away on Craigslist.