Dear BYC friends, I started getting an egg a day from one of our hens (a black australorp) at about 5 1/2 weeks--life was good! Then per my previous post weeks ago, we lost two birds to a dog attack including my one reliable egg layer. I currently have two hens- an Australorp and a Wellsumer-approx 7 months old, that have never laid an egg as far as I know. I've added protein to their diet with sunflower seeds and scrambled eggs here and there, but still nothing. Is it possible that the dog attack and obvious trauma could keep these girls from laying eggs? I've also wondered if our nesting boxes are lacking something. Only my australorp sits on her nest which is a large basket full of hay. The other "nesting box" is simply a 12" round galvanized trough with hay in the bottom. Neither seems to like that one. Am I supplying a decent environment and diet for laying eggs or have I missed something? I'm trying to be patient as I know that they typically lay when their supposed to, but so unclear about the factors involved. Is it just a matter of hormones or am I right in considering these other variables such as trauma, nesting boxes, and maybe light. Thanks for any help. I couldn't do this without the BYC community!