Broken egg, predator?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by yellowpliszka, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. yellowpliszka

    yellowpliszka In the Brooder

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    My chicken stop laying eggs since August. One of them, the oldest is sometimes lay one egg. Six other are not laying. I did found broken egg shell at least 4 times. Something is stressing them out?
     
  2. ejtrout31

    ejtrout31 Songster

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    I say a skunk
     
  3. NoFlyBackFarm

    NoFlyBackFarm Crowing

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    Skunk or raccoon maybe...
     
  4. Vickery

    Vickery Chirping

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    I once had an entire summer where most/many eggs were broken, pecked or knocked out of the nesting boxes. It took me several months (!!!) to finally find out that it was blue jays flying into the coop (barn door was open) and pecking the eggs (or knocking them out). Had never heard of that...and thankfully, I realized it BEFORE I took drastic measures (thought I had egg eaters in the flock). Is anything getting in? Be vigilant about picking up eggs A LOT each day. Good luck.
     
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  5. yellowpliszka

    yellowpliszka In the Brooder

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    I saw opossum twice. Can he be a reason of not egg laying?
     
  6. Shepshill

    Shepshill Songster

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    How old are your chickens?
     
  7. Vickery

    Vickery Chirping

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    It's also molting season now but I would think a possum would eat/break eggs. and they could definitely scare them.
     
  8. yellowpliszka

    yellowpliszka In the Brooder

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    How long molting can take?
     
  9. Vickery

    Vickery Chirping

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    Depending on how significant the molt is...up to 3 months. Sometimes they lose a lot of feathers, sometimes they only lose some.
     
  10. Vickery

    Vickery Chirping

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