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post #11 of 19

Ah, I missed the part about the fake eggs being missing.  I agree on a snake.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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post #12 of 19
I've noticed that our egg laying has been cut down due to the winter months coming along I think. There wasn't enough sunlight shining into the cop during the day so when I started allowing them to free range in the backyard, I am back up to 4 eggs a day (others aren't old enough to lay yet). During the summer we had some critters digger holes under our coop and coming in to steal the eggs and killed some of our chickens (Racoon we think) so you could have some critters as well, but I would lean more towards the weather and low sunlight. Also, I don't know if this makes a difference but when my girls run out of water or dont get enough during the day, they won't lay until I've refilled their water. Might be a coincidence lol
Edited by MamaBird12 - 12/3/15 at 8:18am
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I've noticed that our egg laying has been cut down due to the winter months coming along I think. There wasn't enough sunlight shining into the cop during the day so when I started allowing them to free range in the backyard, I am back up to 4 eggs a day (others aren't old enough to lay yet). During the summer we had some critters digger holes under our coop and coming in to steal the eggs and killed some of our chickens (Racoon we think) so you could have some critters as well, but I would lean more towards the weather and low sunlight. Also, I don't know if this makes a difference but when my girls run out of water or dont get enough during the day, they won't lay until I've refilled their water. Might be a coincidence lol


Sounds like an opossum or skunk.  Raccoons will kill for fun.  If a raccoon got in your coop, you likely wouldn't have any chickens left. (or not very many)  Skunks and opossums go for the eggs, but both will also kill a chicken.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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post #14 of 19

ours turned out to be magpies stealing eggs, so that is another possability as they can't get after what they usually do during the winter time

post #15 of 19
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Found the culprit! Or rather what's left of 'em.
Edited by Der Oberst - 12/8/15 at 3:38pm
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Found the culprit! Or rather what's left of 'em


What was it?

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post #17 of 19
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It's a white weasel.
post #18 of 19
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It's a white weasel.


I would not have guessed an ermine. Glad you got it and hope all areas of access to your coop are now well sealed. :thumbsup

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post #19 of 19
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It was well sealed but when I'd leave it open in the a.m. for them to go in and lay it was sneaking in too.
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