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So I have a trio of African geese that just started laying, but something has been taking their eggs! barnie At one time they had up to 4 eggs and then one moring they were gone ep I don't know what animal is big enough to eat 2-4 goose eggs but is not big enough to eat a goose idunno They've laid more eggs but they get taken too he Does any one know what could be taking these eggs? and what I can do to protect them? oh and we don't have any coons around here.

I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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SKunks get mine sometimes... They usually sneak into the chicken coop to steal eggs but they got one goose egg. Now I pull them morning and night and have improved my fencing. My other guess would be raccoons but if you don't have them then can't be it. Are you SURE that you don't have them? The same way to prevent raccoon should prevent other egg stealers... get motion lights, or have a radio on nearby so they think humans are around. Electric fencing or high fencing, barbed wire on top of fencing... etc. Good Luck with that!

Oh yeah... and it could have been a bunch of animals that ate 4 eggs... like 4 small animals each came together and ate one egg... are they leaving shells behind?


Edited by marathonmultiplesmom - 3/24/10 at 5:33pm

I have the following birds: Chickens: Delaware, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Bantam Non-molting Phoenix. Ducks: Runner ducks, occasionally others. Geese: Mutts to look after the ducks.

I sell some hatching eggs on ebay under member id edentiafarms: http://myworld.ebay.com/edentiafarms

I also own a small soap company. http://www.goodearthspa.com

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I have the following birds: Chickens: Delaware, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Bantam Non-molting Phoenix. Ducks: Runner ducks, occasionally others. Geese: Mutts to look after the ducks.

I sell some hatching eggs on ebay under member id edentiafarms: http://myworld.ebay.com/edentiafarms

I also own a small soap company. http://www.goodearthspa.com

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Originally Posted by marathonmultiplesmom 

SKunks get mine sometimes... They usually sneak into the chicken coop to steal eggs but they got one goose egg. Now I pull them morning and night and have improved my fencing. My other guess would be raccoons but if you don't have them then can't be it. Are you SURE that you don't have them? The same way to prevent raccoon should prevent other egg stealers... get motion lights, or have a radio on nearby so they think humans are around. Electric fencing or high fencing, barbed wire on top of fencing... etc. Good Luck with that!

Oh yeah... and it could have been a bunch of animals that ate 4 eggs... like 4 small animals each came together and ate one egg... are they leaving shells behind?


Yeah it could be skunks I'm pretty sure one got one of my ducks a while back ( little stinkers somad ) . Yeah I'm pretty sure their are no coons around here. And no their are not any shells at all, the whole egg is just gone.

I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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post #4 of 22

Our chickens have been eating our goose eggs!!!  Maybe that is what you have?

noahsgeese

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Owner of two wonderful geese and 6 hives of bees!
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James 1:17
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post #5 of 22

ravens or crows??????

Jean
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post #6 of 22

I bet fox would also steal them or opossums, they love eggs.

Vicki
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post #7 of 22

I would say Racoon's most likely.We have them bad here and they will kill chicken's too.Never had them get to my geese however.But I guess there are other critter's that could cart them off as well.Usualy if crows get them you will find shell bit's.Get a Havahart trap if you can afford one put a can of tuna or cat food in for bait.If it's a ground animal like coon etc. you will get him. Fox are VERY hard to trap.We are getting a new one here for the coon's and stuff since replenishing the entire stock and bird's are starting to go to coop's.Hope you find your predator as a huge fox did get in a 5 ft pen and ate an entire large toulouse goose here last year sad.Good Luck DG

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A full time 2yr old grandson,One hubby lol, and daughter at home,one poodle, one cat, 2 ferret's ,one parrot,1 Kitten,As many birds as I can hold on to and Love them all!
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post #8 of 22

What about a snake??

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I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when i will give my heart. ~ Jack Nicholson 

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post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by dieselgrl48 

I would say Racoon's most likely.We have them bad here and they will kill chicken's too.Never had them get to my geese however.But I guess there are other critter's that could cart them off as well.Usualy if crows get them you will find shell bit's.Get a Havahart trap if you can afford one put a can of tuna or cat food in for bait.If it's a ground animal like coon etc. you will get him. Fox are VERY hard to trap.We are getting a new one here for the coon's and stuff since replenishing the entire stock and bird's are starting to go to coop's.Hope you find your predator as a huge fox did get in a 5 ft pen and ate an entire large toulouse goose here last year sad.Good Luck DG


Yeah I thought about getting a trap, I just didn't want to spend the money. I thought about waiting out there all night with a .22 but I think I'll just buck up and buy a trap.

I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by redhen 

What about a snake??


I don't think a snake could eat a whole goose ( or 4)

I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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