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Disappearing eggs (not sure if this is the right heading)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CovenantCreek, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    When my Delaware girls started laying, about 2 months ago, I placed all 6 of my ceramic eggs in their nest boxes. About a month ago I noticed that there were only 4 left. This was about the same time that I discovered a small family of skunks living under one of my sheds -- but they've since been dispatched. Then one of the 4 got involved in a "fracas" with a real egg that got cracked, so it got thrown out with the nest box bedding and everything else, leaving 3. Today, I'm down to 1 ceramic egg and I noticed that my broody only had 2 eggs in her box instead of the 3 she had a couple weeks ago.

    Any idea what's going on in that coop? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2008

  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    It sounds like you have an egg thief that needs to be trapped.
  3. Sebrightmom

    Sebrightmom Songster

    Jun 26, 2008
    Greencastle, IN
    I had this happen once to me. I set out a live trap. I trapped a rat and a skunk. After that, I didn't loose any of my eggs.
  4. DutchChicky

    DutchChicky Songster

    Jul 4, 2008
    I lost several eggs to a snake that had set up house in my neighbors shed.
    Till she had somebody remove the snake I lost at least one egg every couple of days!
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 3, 2008

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