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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elvallot, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. elvallot

    elvallot New Egg

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    Greetings to everyone at BCY. I have greatly enjoyed your website and learn a lot from you guys. I am the proud mamma of 5 delawares= Mr. Rooster and the Girls (4 hens).

    I had 5 hens but one escaped the coop and was over taken by a predator. Prior to the loss of one of the girls, all hens, except the one we lost were laying around and egg a day. Now they seem to be only one hen laying. We had to reinforce the coop to prevent, what we think is a rat from taking the eggs. We have found egg shells outside the pen, but since the reinforcement think we have foiled the egg thief. Could the hens no be laying due to stress over the loss of their group??

    Need some insight.

    With deep appreciation

    Liz Vallot
     
  2. Memphisjourney2seramas

    Memphisjourney2seramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    it is really hot and usually they stop laying when it is hot, but any stress can cause them to stop laying for a while. Sorry for your loss!
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. Stress comes in many forms with chickens and can cause them to slow or stop laying altogether for a period of time. Predators and loss of another bird that they were used to in the pecking order is definitely stressful, slowed or stopped egg production can be expected for awhile.
     
  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Pretty Birdie

    Pretty Birdie Out Of The Brooder

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    Howdy! And welcome to BYC!
     
  6. Kountreefok

    Kountreefok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hi and welcome!
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good advice given. [​IMG]
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] from Kansas, elvallot! Glad you joined our community! [​IMG] Best of luck getting the girls back to laying! [​IMG]
     
  10. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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