My chickens had just started laying then a groundhog killed one of them

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by koi polloi, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. koi polloi

    koi polloi New Egg

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    My chickens had just started laying then a groundhog killed one of them, obviously scaring the rest, and over a month later they are still not laying. will they ever again?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

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    They should have resumed unless they are still frightened. I would check for hidden nests, they can be good about hiding them.
     
  3. koi polloi

    koi polloi New Egg

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    Thank you, I will do another search but three of us have walked yard numerous times without finding even a bit of egg shell.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

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    How are they acting? More relaxed or are they constantly looking afraid? Most stressful situations will cause about a 1-3 week pause in laying. They should resume soon. How old, and what breeds?
     
  5. koi polloi

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    Thank you. Makes me feel better.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I don't think a ground hog will kill a chicken.....they are herbivores.

    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days (or longer) can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.
     
  7. koi polloi

    koi polloi New Egg

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    thank you. I will try that.
     
  8. koi polloi

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    wyandot, orpington, and red sexlink. they are 5-6 months old.
     
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    They are herbivores but this one went after the chicken and then the chicken was dead. And it kept coming back to yard until I shot it.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Odd...but recently read about a ground hog that had some kind of distemper...got aggressive towards some humans.
    Might want to report to local DNR.
     
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