BROODY HEN KILLED AND EGGS GONE

nchls school

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Apr 22, 2015
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A week ago, during a storm that knocked out the power, something took five eggs that were near hatching. The storm had loosened the coop door so that the bottom of the door came loose. At the time I thought it could have been any kind of predator. Then, this morning, I found the hen dead on her nest and three of four new eggs I had given her gone. The hen and nest were covered in ants so initially I thought the ants responsible, but ants don't take eggs. There was a night light on and the door was secure so, whatever it was, has to be small. I'm thinking either rats or snake, but what I don't get is why the hen was unable to escape. The same coop has several small month old chicks and a couple frizzles that are not good flyers, yet, they were fine. Comments would be appreciated. What predator would a hen not flee from? I saw no real damage on the hen's body and I'm positive she was not sick. Die trying to protecting her nest?

Last evening, when I checked on the birds, two young silkied serama were sleeping on the nest box edge-they were unharmed.
 
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Gallinarium

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Apr 15, 2020
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Consolations on your hen and eggs. Rats and snakes are in fact both notorious for getting in through tight spaces to steal eggs. I have heard of snakes eating eggs out from a broody hen, but not of any killing them. Rats often kill chicks, but can't really kill adults chickens unless said chickens corporate. If your chicken was a bantam, those are sometimes an exception.
How the chicken was killed is often a giveaway on which predator is the culprit. Does the chicken have any visible wounds, and if so, where?
 

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