Chickens scared stupid! Stopped laying in nesting boxes.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lillyrosesmum, May 5, 2016.

  1. lillyrosesmum

    lillyrosesmum Chirping

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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. :oops: We have since fixed the problem (hopefully :fl ) 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?
     

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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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.
     
  3. lillyrosesmum

    lillyrosesmum Chirping

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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 she was definitely shaken but OK. I'll try the eggs and see what happens!
     
  4. irelandstormy

    irelandstormy Hatching

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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?
     

  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    Lock em up in the coop for a few days to speed their 'recovery'.
     

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