White Tail laid an egg for the second day in a row yesterday. Apparently she is finally over The Great Hawk Incident of 2015.
She was on egg-laying hiatus for almost 2.5 months. We don’t know why it lasted that long.
Certainly there was the immediate trauma–chicken PTSD? I still remember her odd little peeps while she was stuck (safe) in the cat kennel for a day or two healing. I’d never heard those chicken sounds before and I haven’t heard them since.
Then she molted early. Chickens don’t usually molt until after their first year. She molted at around roughly eight months. That’s unusual.
Ron wonders if she had internal injuries. Perhaps. But I can’t see how she had any significant internal injuries. She did have talon marks on her back (ouch) and an awful beak “nip” on her shoulder (double ouch). But even the beak nip was not deep enough to hit any organs.
For whatever reason–recovery from chicken PTSD, end of molting, longer days with more daylight — White Tail is back at it.