I have 21 chickens, four different ages/groups that are all mixed together at this point. About a week or so ago my awesome 5 toed Polish Crest cross rooster disappeared. He was the same age as and raised with 3 of my other chickens, who are in my 2nd youngest group. (Only one group is younger than them, the other two groups are older, all but the youngest are laying.) I think he was taken by some sort of predator, although I found no sign of him so I'm not sure what exactly. One of the ladies (my oldest, who is kind of slow) has half of her left wing feathers pulled out, so I'm wondering if something tried to grab her and he tried to protect her and was taken instead. Three of my pullets who were raised with him, plus the one who is missing her wing feathers, completely stopped laying immediately after his disappeared. Those four were closest to him (the others didn't start grazing with him until he started mating with them). My other six ladies are still laying completely normal. Could they have stopped laying b/c something happened to him, and he is no longer around? Maybe they are upset or traumatized somehow, or they miss him? One of them stayed in the nesting box, and tried to sleep in it at night, for two days since he has been gone, but she didn't lay and from what I can tell isn't egg bound. She still act normal, they all do in every way. They don't act sick at all, well except for the one with the missing feathers. She has been moving REALLY slow and almost acts like it hurts to fly or jump, or even run too fast. What do you think? Is that why they stopped laying?