hen stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cntry1961, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. cntry1961

    cntry1961 New Egg

    Jul 14, 2016
    my hens were attached by coons and one disappeared. The other got scared and went to the coop and hasn't come come out since. She laid for the first wk and hasn't laid since. She has lost feathers and I even got her 2 new playmates and she still hasn't laid. The new chickens have laid, but she hasn't laid. I don't know what to do. Please any advise would be welcome. She is a family pet.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    How long ago did all this happened. She is probably stressed and scared and misses the hen you lost, than you brought in new hens which is also very stressful. Give her time to adjust to everything and to start feeling safe again, when she does she will resume laying, could be a week or two, or could be a few months, she's been through a lot for a chicken.
  3. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Good morning, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I agree strongly with @oldhenlikesdogs !

    Another thing I wonder is how and where did your other chicken get attacked? Presumably not in the coop or that probably wouldn't be where the survivor would hang out. Have you done anything to ensure you won't have a repeat offense?

    Give her a chance to recover. I know I would be traumatized after seeing my best friend brutally murdered in front of me!

    Best wishes!
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  4. chicks n roses

    chicks n roses Just Hatched

    Jul 13, 2016
    I'm having the same problem with a wyandotte hen her back was literally partially eaten by a coon six weeks ago. I used a antiseptic wound spray (blue coat??)and we prayed.she's been able to fly up to her 3' roost as of this week.but honestly I don't think well see eggs this year if ever. P.s my dh sat out side our coop with his gun the next night. And killed a coon also two more over the week of the incident . traumatized hens need to heal physically and mentally before they can lay eggs.
  5. MsBentleyboy

    MsBentleyboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Kentucky girl
    After I had something get in my coop and injured some hens they quit laying for a month. Just leave them alone for a while and hopefully they'll come around.
  6. baredrock101

    baredrock101 Just Hatched

    Jul 11, 2016
    Its probably stress. Stress can stop a Hens laying for weeks.
  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Good husband! [​IMG]
    Glad your girl is recovering.

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