Scared chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sherdiz, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. sherdiz

    sherdiz New Egg

    Jun 4, 2013
    We have a solar operated automatic coop door that has been awesome. However since the time has been changing we forgot to reset it to close a little earlier. Unfortunately a Possum got in there and killed 2 of our hens! Evil big rats! They chew the heads off and leave em for dead. Looked like a scene right out of a horror movie!
    We fixed the door and secured the coop run but the remaining chickens haven't layed a single egg since.
    Is there anything we can do to help them start laying again?
  2. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2010
    I'm so sorry for what those dang possums did, your hens are probably still stressed and scared they also may stop or slow down if it's getting darker and colder quicker. I think all you can do is give them some time and if needed place a heating lamp in their. The lamp will give them light so they will want to lay more and it will keep them warm.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2016

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