My hens were free-ranging today when someone showed up with two tiny yappy dogs who proceeded to chase my hens. It really scared them. The little Bantie flew up on a high perch where she was safe. One half white leghorn girl got really stressed by the dogs. Luckily, the dogs didn't catch the hens, but it was a close call. I have read that stress can cause hens to have problems laying eggs. What do I need to watch for? Do you think this might cause the hens to become eggbound? My white leghorns have only just come into laying and have been laying some soft-shelled eggs, anyway. I am so glad the dogs didn't scare them into having heart attacks or something. They are 23 weeks old. Luckily, my roo was in the pen, or he might have pecked the dogs eyes out. He did fly up on the fence and considered jumping down into the fray, but did not. I think the whole episode scared me the most of all.