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They might have gotten spooked by a predator!!
Are they laying anymore?
They will need time to know that they are safe. Bu it depends on how drastic it was. One day my friend had 5 hens, one night a weasel came and killed one of the 5 chickens!!! It spooked the hens so badly that they didn't lay for months!!!
Do you have any predators around?
My girls haven't started laying yet, they're almost 8 weeks old. Definitely wouldn't be anything on the ground as this was during the day and our lab is out (if it were at night then absolutely probably something else). He alerts to everything, especially snakes and other wildlife. He never made a peep but we've got a stealthy blue jay that's been around the past few days so I'm assuming it was him. I've had some bad experiences with them before and know they can get very territorial this time of year. I'll just keep loving on them and reassuring and pray they come around soon, thanks!
What does the blue jay do? We don't have Blue jays in our area.
Does the blue jay attack the chickens? Or just annoy them?
That sounds like a GREAT DOG!!!
Our 2 dogs are in an electric netting from Premier with our chickens. They are called great pyrenees, they are the best guard dogs for livestock and children. Great Pyrenees are much bigger than a lab. The male can weigh up to 130 lbs.
The sound that blue jays make is very similar to a hawk scream. The chicks could be reacting to that. I have blue jays all over and they are forever trying to get to the chicken food bowl, generally the chickens chase them away. I haven't ever seen one go for a chick yet.