Hawk attack, now no eggs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tomatomudhead, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. tomatomudhead

    tomatomudhead Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    I'm sure this isn't a new question but I'll throw it out there anyways;

    8 days ago my 10 hens (barred rock & orpington) were attacked by a very agressive hawk. The rooster got 7 inside, 3 took a beating. All survived. Until then I was getting 5-6 eggs a day. Now I'm getting 0-1. Of course they are traumatized. I don't let them free range anymore - not enough cover in the winter months. They still go out into their covered run area.

    How long before they get over this and begin to lay again? Any experiences?


  2. Love2Homeschool

    Love2Homeschool Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2011
    I'm sorry. I had a hawk attack this morning as well. Lost one pullet. But I got out there before she was eaten. So I feel pleased that I at least deprived the critter of his meal.

    We penned up the rest of the birds for the day (probably for the next several days, not sure how long), but they are quite traumatized. They are staying hidden in the corners of the covered end of their coop. And when they ventured out into the completely enclosed coop when I went to check on them, they were very nervous and kept checking the trees. The hawk was hanging around again after we came in from penning them up and even landed on top of the coop. I'm thinking I won't be getting many eggs in the next week or so. :(
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I've had the same thing happen. Winter time and shorter daylight hours coupled with the hawk attack, you'll have to give them time. They'll eventually start laying again.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    What Dawg said. Shortened daylength plus the stress of the attack - the hawk may still be in the area harassing them even though they are penned up - have combined to shut them down. Daylength is increasing so they should resume laying relatively soon.

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