Barn Cats eating my Chicken eggs

lzufelt

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Jan 24, 2015
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Hi everyone,

I have three barn cats that have stuck around and I feed every day twice a day. They are great mousers and I have no issues with keeping them for as long as they want to stay BUT I believe they are eating my chicken eggs, which is not okay.

My 11 girls have slowed down their egg production as the days are short and I do not supplement light source for them. Last week I had collected 7 eggs and one off the top fell and broke on the floor. The cats sniffed around and as I finished up chores the three cats enjoyed a fresh egg. I didn't think anything else of it until yesterday when I did not find a single egg. I let the chickens free range and sometimes I can't find an egg if its in a dark spot. This morning I went out and did another check and couldn't find a single egg from the day before (very frustrating) but I saw one of my girls make a nest and lay her egg, finishing with her song. Tonight I went to collect my eggs and there were none!!!! Not a single egg! Not even the one that I saw being laid.

I noticed a couple of home made nests but no eggs!

What can I do to deter my cats from eating the eggs?
 

rockriver

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Sep 27, 2015
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Try to drain an egg dry and put mustard in it or somthing nasty then leave it out for them to eat
 
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aart

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Mustard just makes a mess most the time.

I'd make sure it's your cats that are eating the eggs.
Are the shells left? I don't think cats would eat the shells..but chickens would.
Are you finding a mess? Usually even chickens can't eat all the egg off the surface and a wet mess will remain.

If you are free ranging there's a good chance they are laying somewhere out in the range area.
Coop the birds up for a few days, and check for eggs often.
This will habituate them to using the coop nests again.

Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.
 

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