Ok, something wiped out my flock awhile back and I decided to reinforce their run and buy some new chickens. I bought 4 hens two of which are supposedly 1 yr and 2 that are 6 months. The guy I bought them from showed me eggs from where they were nesting and said they may stop for a little while because of their move. I fully understood that. I got them to their new palace and the next day there were two eggs (the ones they had produced at their other home). I got no eggs for maybe a week or so and then to my delight - there was another egg. I thought - great, they must be comfortable. Well that is the last egg I've seen. It's been roughly 80 everyday for the past month (I love Florida) so I don't think the weather is a problem - BUT I have discovered what assasinated my flock. A bobcat, a big bobcat. I chased him off and set up a trap but to no avail. I haven't got a clean shot at him (yet) but war has been declared. What my new question is - if I cannot seem to kill the bobcat will my chickens not lay eggs at all out of fear? I have his schedule down for harassing my chickens and I'm determined to revenge the deaths of my hens. I'm just thinking I may be out of luck until then - is this correct? Or may it be another reason they decided to take a break from laying? Any thoughts would be appreciated!