Around 2 weeks ago, I had a chicken sitting on a dozen eggs. I never saw her leave the nest for the first week, so I assumed everything was good. When I happened to see her finally off the nest stretching her legs, I saw that there were only 2 eggs left!
I suspected my uncle down the road had collected eggs while I was away, but he denied it, and I have been looking at him suspiciously ever since.
Yesterday it happened again! I had another hen sitting on 9 eggs...this morning there was only 2.
My uncle is off the hook, but I have no other suspects. What kind of monster steals an egg from underneath a chicken when there are plenty available out in the open?
We have a few rats around, but they've always been around, so are they trying new things? Or is there another critter that does this?