Traumatized chickens, when will they lay again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BUG126, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. BUG126

    BUG126 Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    WA State
    We had a dog attack last week and lost all but 2 of our hens. The EE wont hardly leave the roost and certainly not the coop. The GLW leaves the coop for short amounts of time. Of course both have not laying since that horrible day. Should I just assume it will be spring time before they start up again?
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2008

  2. farmergal

    farmergal Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Nor Cal
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost most of my flock a few weeks ago (out of 25, only 2 survived), it's horrible. One of my survivors didn't seem to care a bit that she'd almost been killed by a fox, the other took some nursing back to health/extra TLC... about a week to 10 days until she was back to normal.

    They were still little though, so I don't know the answer to your egg-laying question.
  3. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    I hope things get back to normal soon!

    Your post made me think of a question I've been meaning to ask, and wondering if this may be what is going on with your EE. I hope someone knows the answer.

    Can an attack or other trauma cause a hen to go immediately broody?

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