Chipmunks: Thought they were cute at first... but

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by QuackerJackFarms, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now I suspect they are eating my Mallard eggs. I just found a tunnel under a board in the chicken coop. And I've noticed them eating the chicken food, but now at the duck coop on I saw one hanging out in there. And I'm wondering if it's stealing duck eggs. Because my ducks haven't layed in 2 days... And I guess that could be perfectly normal for a duck, but I'm wondering.

    So anyone have an experience with chipmunks eating their duck eggs? They are mallards so the eggs are smaller than your normal duck egg. (You know what I mean.) [​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Rats, yes - squirrels, maybe - chipmunks, I don't know.
     
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make it almost impossible to get to, like running screen on the floor then see if u are still missing eggs.
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Really doubt it. More likely rats.
     
  5. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been thinking about it and doing some research and I kind of doubt it too. I would think they would leave the eggs alone when they have the feed available. I have never seen a rat here though. I'll be watching for them now.
     
  6. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And maybe it's just a spuratic egg laying moment for my ducks. I just think it's a little odd that no one layed an egg in 2 days.
     
  7. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chipmunks steal eggs. I caught one on trail cam in a guinea nest
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  8. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's the little booger alright! I need one of those game cam deals.
     
  9. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, something is definitely not right here. My ducks didn't lay again today. I have the same 6 eggs in the nest that were there 2 days ago. So either my hens have just stopped laying all the sudden or something is stealing the eggs. Also, I have 2 chickens that lay religiously every morning and today I only got 1 egg. There should be 2.

    So tell me what the warning signs are for rats. Because something is amiss. In the meantime, I'm going to check threads.

    Thanks!
     
  10. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Chipmunks are just rats with a good press agent.
     

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