Barn Cats eating my Chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lzufelt, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. lzufelt

    lzufelt Out Of The Brooder

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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?
     
  2. rockriver

    rockriver Out Of The Brooder

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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
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016
  3. Miss Biddy

    Miss Biddy Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe paint the egg with hot sauce or mustard? Or both! Hehe.
    Would scattering fake eggs around work too?
     
  4. lzufelt

    lzufelt Out Of The Brooder

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    Those are great ideas! Thank you! It's actually what I was thinking I just didn't know if it was safe for cats or not!
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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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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