not laying after an attack

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amazingtree, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. amazingtree

    amazingtree New Egg

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    We went away to Key West(and its chickens) Upon our return I found 6 hens missing. We had someone caring for them, but our dogs were gone, so I imagine something in the woods or in the air noticed the lack of protection and went to town. Now with the absence I have a non laying flock. Could it be a shock thing...mourning....?
    They were doing great I had a mixed bag with 16 hens and 3 roosters...getting about 7 eggs per day. Now I haev 10 hens and 3 roosterws and 0 eggs per day. We also had a shot of cold nights.
    Very puzzled Does anyone know what may happen next?
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Sorry for your losses...
    It could be a combination of things.
    The attack would stress them out so that they could stop laying. It's getting darker earlier and brighter later, so less daylight=less eggs.
     
  3. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    also, a change in the population can stress them into the non laying phase.
     
  4. amazingtree

    amazingtree New Egg

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    How long would does non-laying phase last..is it unpredictable? I'm gonna have to go BUY eggs!
     
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, stress is one of the worst ingredients you can give your flock. Being prepared to keep the flock safe, no matter what the situation may be is the key to a happy healthy flock. Good Luck.

    bigzio
     

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