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Chickens scared stupid! Stopped laying in nesting boxes.

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We have 4 layers that lay nearly everyday. A little over a week ago a rat snake was in their coop. hide.gif We have since fixed the problem (hopefully fl.gif ) but now everyday has become an egg hunt. I keep "messing up" every place I find one but they always find a new one. Anyway to get them laying in the boxes again?
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Put fake ceramic eggs in the nestboxes and than give them time, it was a horrifying experience for them. I'm surprised they are still laying, usually something like that will cause them to halt for a bit, though it usually takes a week before you notice a drop in production.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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It's been a week. One stopped laying but I assume its because she was attacked by a neighbor dog. We heard the commotion and ran outside and saved her without a scratch. th.gif she was definitely shaken but OK. I'll try the eggs and see what happens!
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I had three hens and a rooster. My neighbors dog are one of the hens and since the the two remaining hens have not laid a singe egg. This has been going on for about a month now. Any suggestions?
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Lock em up in the coop for a few days to speed their 'recovery'.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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