Hi All - I'm a new member but I've been reading BYC for about a while now. So much great info- thanks to everyone! We have had a small back yard flock for almost 2 years, and they free range during the day. We had 5 hens, but about 2 months ago there was a raccoon that came out before dusk and killed one hen. Since then, our Ameraucana has stopped laying (no eggs in the nesting boxes and none in the yard - I've looked everywhere). At first I thought it was due to the cold, but it's turning out to be a warm winter (highs in the 50's). I know they lay less in the winter due to less light, but one of the other ones is still laying. She molted in the fall and began laying again after that, so I know that's not the issue. She was always followed around the chicken that died and seemed to be pretty bonded/secure around her. Could the death have anything to do with why she is not laying? We plan on getting 3 more in the spring to beef up the flock a bit. Maybe they feel uncomfortable being down to only 3? Oh and they do eat layer food in addition to scratch, treats, and whatever they find in the yard. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.