I have a cage hung under my deck with 12 hens and 3 roos. They're 8 weeks, 2 days old, and I have yet to get a single egg from them. My dachshund was OBSESSED with them and the first couple days they were out there she spent all her time barking at them. She has since calmed down and leaves them alone now, but about a week ago, I heard the dog barking at around 1 am and went out to find her circling under the cage and jumping trying to get them. She can BARELY reach the bottom of the cage. Several quail had a couple toenails missing and I'm not sure if the dog is the reason or if there had been a raccoon or other predator, but the night that she was freaking out, there was more than a few drops of blood under the cage and 1 hen was missing an entire toe. All toes and toenails have since healed but I still haven't gotten any eggs from them. I'm assuming this is due to stress from being barked at and loosing toenails? So all that to say, Should I be doing anything to encourage them to lay or just wait it out? It's in the 80s here so could the heat be the reason for lack of eggs? The hen with the missing toe has about 1/16th-1/8th inch of bone where the toe used to be but it's all healed up. She gets around perfectly fine and doesn't seem to be in any pain whatsoever (runs to food and dusts bathes with enthusiasm). Should I cull her even though she seems fine? I have some younger hens I could replace her with, but I don't want to cull her if I don't have to; she's one of my larger birds. I have 30 roos that are from the same hatch (8 weeks 2 days) and I'm really itching to slaughter them. Is it really worth it to wait until ~10-12 weeks? I want those birds in the freezer and on the table sooner than later but I would hat to feel like I wasted my time raising them buy harvesting too early. I'd like to leave the skin on if possible and I've been told butchering around 12 weeks makes that easier. Thanks in advance!