Hens stopped laying after dog attack.How long?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gitlost80, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. gitlost80

    gitlost80 Trigger Pullet

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    My flock was attacked by my neighbors dogs a couple weeks back and egg laying has come to a screeching hault. None were seriously hurt,physically. How long will they be on strike?
     
  2. madmantrapper

    madmantrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 hens that never started laying again. It has been about six months now. Our local law says that if I catch the dog in the act I can kill it as long as it dies on my property. I sent messages to all the neighbors and have not had a dog in my yard since. I am starting over with 20 new chicks Monday. Neighbors dogs have killed 15 in the last 1 1/2 years.

    edit: I have three acres and the chickens are seldom free ranged anymore.
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  3. newchik715

    newchik715 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine took four months off after an attack. Give them some time to heal then start trying to encourage laying. Use a light in the coop to simulate longer days and feed good treats with protein. Put a fake egg in the nesting boxes and just have patience. good luck!
     
  4. Dray67

    Dray67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine took about a month after a dog attack.
     

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