Did a broody check in tonight, and all her eggs but one seem to be developing well. A few I think are about 2 days behind the first ones, so hopefully she'll sit until they hatch. If not, they'll get popped in the incubator and then given back to her once they've hatched. She's the only one out of the three that were brooding who has stuck it out. Another one lost her first batch of eggs to a raven (the thing is back at egg stealing this year) and gave up at three weeks exactly even though I gave her new eggs. The other one had been broody for about five days but the eggs are missing from her nest and she's not brooding so I think the raven stole them and she gave up, which is odd because between the three of them she's the nastiest when she broods so I would have thought the raven would have no chance of getting them from her.
Seriously, this **** bird is going right into both of my coops and stealing eggs right out of the nests. Unfortunately I think my birds are now going to have to be locked in until one each day so they lay their eggs and I can collect them before letting them out to range.
A Raven thief!!!
I bought some poultry netting from Lowes when I lost my biggest nicest giant pullet to a hawk last fall. Already had chicken wire top on big coop run to keep those IN, but these were in another run. I didn't think it cost much but it looks like it is $55 for a 7'x100' roll. I cut it in half, attached it with cheap plastic zipties from Harbor Freight, and topped a 14'x50' semi movable run, (takes a couple hrs to move coop and run). No more air predator worries.