Hello Chicken Lovers, so unfortunately I feel like our backyard chicken adventure has not totally panned out as I had hope. We finally got the mites away (Amen!) that was a long awful process. I feel like we got back on track for a few weeks and now again no eggs. First off about 10 days ago I heard a lot of commotion outside near the coop at 4 am and sadly there was a giant raccoon that had gotten one of our sweet gals. I fended him off and got the rest of the gals back where they belong and the door secured. Second off 3-4 (of my now 7 birds) are either molting or losing feathers from the stress of the predator last week. We have placed a light in their coop that comes on around 2am and off at 6:45am and for the rest of the day they are free roaming in our yard (with a fence). We have not had any eggs now for several weeks and I am just not sure how long this should go on. I have checked around the yard to see if for some reason they were laying somewhere else rather than the nesting boxes and no luck. Any advice on what I can do. I have even placed golf balls in the nesting boxes again to encourage egg laying there but its not working. All my birds are 2 1/2 or younger and we expected that we would be getting at least 4-5 eggs a day. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.