I found a pullet egg on the floor of the coop yesterday, but because I had other things to carry back to the house, I picked it up and put it into a nest box. When I came back out later it was gone.
I'm hoping I don't have an egg eater. We have squirrels all over the yard. Could one have taken the egg? I know at one point in the day I heard one of my hens doing the alarm clucking. Perhaps she saw the squirrel in the coop?
It was dark when I came back for the egg, so I couldn't examine the nest box to look for egg remains. Do you usually see egg goo in the nest after a chicken eats it?
One of my hens hangs out in a nest box for hours, but I don't always find an egg there when she gets off. I just assumed she was feeling broody and wanted to sit there. Perhaps she is eating them.
I also wanted to mention that I found one of their golf balls from a nest on the floor of the coop last week. I use plastic dishpans for their nests. Could a hen kick a golf ball out of a dishpan, or could it have been a squirrel hoping it was an egg?
Edited by rainbowgardens - 11/17/09 at 3:58am