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My chickens stop laying eggs

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My dog got to rough with one of my chickens a few weeks ago and accidentally killed her :(  I have been keeping the chickens in the run more often as well due to the new sod we just laid out in the backyard -

 

Now I am not sure if it is a combination of those things but I haven't got one egg... not one!  What can I do lessen their stress - I let them out for a few hours in the evening so they can have scratch, coleslaw mix and run around (and yes eat my grass.. LOL) but it doesn't seem to be helping They are different ages so that cannot be it - I wasn't real worried at first but this is a really long stretch and I am starting to get a little stressed.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

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Your dog is not out with the chickens when you let them out is it???  Seeing the predator that killed one of them would be very stressful.

 

But yes, between a predator scare and a significant change in their routine, it could easily be a month or more to get back to normal...  

 

I would keep the dog out of site as much as possible (think of a raccoon killing a bird - and then the birds having to see the raccoon running around their pen daily afterward)...

 

How's your weather been?  Ours has been terrible - much colder and rainier than normal, and our eggs have fallen off a bit as a result. 

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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No the dog was going out on leash or when they were away - the problem was one of the yorkies opened the patio door (i didn't know) and the poodle went out and "played" to rough.  They are used to dogs... just not the large puppy :(  

 

I am going to expand their run so they have more space during the day with plants and stuff and still let them out for an hour or two in the evening - hopefully they all get better :(

 

Thanks,

 

K

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