Death of "head hen"?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by brownkowmom, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. brownkowmom

    brownkowmom Just Hatched

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    September 27th we found one of our 6 hens dead. It was a Cali white. We finally figured out that our dog must have killed the chicken. Ever since the incident our egglaying has dropped significantly. We went from 5-6 eggs a day to 1-2 a day. It is a very mixed flock (1 Cali white 7 months old, 1 black astro 1.5 years old, 1 Americana 7 months old, & 2 barred rocks 1 is months old and the other is 1.5 years old) so I can tell who is and isn't laying. The Cali has completely stopped and the rest are random when they lay. I have checked them all and they seem very healthy. So after some research I am thinking the chicken that was killed was the "head hen" and that the laying has stopped due to stress. Any thoughts? Any ideas on what to do now?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Decreasing day length is a very likely factor as is the attack on the flock. The continued presence of the dog or another predator may indeed be a stressor.
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Daylenght + molt. They often molt this time of year. Eggs are scarce this time of year unless you add light.
     

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