One day my son called and told me he thought he was the "chicken whisperer" We both laughed. So,, I asked him,,what should I do about my hens that have quit laying (still quite young)? As near as I can tell they quit laying when a snake started making daily rounds to their nests, maybe they were traumatized. Anyway after losing the snake to cold weather or a fake egg, I still wasn't getting any eggs. I ruled out most predators by all the live animal traps that I baited and were untouched. My son suggested that I show them an egg, preferably a brown one. He was being factious because he's only recently started raising chickens (3 of them) himself. Considering I had nothing to lose, I bought some brown eggs and did just that. I put in a fake white egg also but up until this time it had not triggered egg laying. Lo and behold, three days later, I started getting eggs and have gotten them every day since. I think this is a bit hilarious, since my son really was shooting in the dark. Maybe he is the chicken whisperer.