I opened all the doors on the coop and spoke in a calm and upbeat manner, but they are not having it! There is no way they can be coaxed out today. The poor things look like they are having a nervous breakdown.
They have undoubtedly had quite a traumatic experience. I am already down to two eggs each day now, I do not know what has happened to the third egg! I did say to the chickens last week 'Someone will be for the pot if you keep laying two eggs a day'! The next morning I had three eggs. Then we have gone back to two again. Euan was very cross with me for telling them that! he says they are like sisters to him! Trauma effects laying so I had two eggs this morning but I am not expecting any tomorrow. They have stopped laying in the past as a result of a large and loud thunderstorm and they have stopped laying twice last year when I went away and left my Other Half in charge! Never have these Chicken babies appeared frightened of me before, they even let me bath and blow dry them and chat away quite happily. It is sad to see them so neurotic, especially as I can't seem to make it better.