Hey! I am fairly new at raising chickens. It has been over a year and I got 2 young hens. 1 RIR / 1 Plymouth rock. They became best friends and would follow each other around all day. Both being awesome layers. They become a part of our family very quickly. Every morning I greet them, as they do me. Six weeks ago I found Mable (RIR) was killed by a ...we think... a opossum. It was terrible and I just sat there and cried...blaming myself for not closing coop that night. I picked up Mable and cleaned the coop. That day...who says chickens are stupid...Alice Cooper sat on the spot where I found Mable all day. very sad. My question...finally...It has been over six weeks and Alice Cooper (Plymouth Rock) has not laid an egg. We did bring in a new friend for her...but she is not interested. I guess a polish wasn't her type. I live in Florida so it doesn't have to do with weather or light. Do you think that chickens can actually morn and stop laying? Is this permanent? Does anyone have any suggestions/comments? Thank you so very much. Nancy P.S. Those that think they can get away with not closing the coop EVERY night, please wake up to reality...everyone has a predator!