Do chipmunks steal eggs?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MuranoFarms, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Do chipmunks steal eggs? Because I caught one in the guinea nest with my trail cam. He came back a bunch of times!

  2. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Well I for one have never heard of it happening...not to say they don't or will not. Maybe he is gathering up loose feathers and small twigs for her own nest...just a thought.
  3. kip

    kip In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2011
    I don't have personal experience because there are no chipmunks in my country but i've seen an picture online of an chipmunk eating an quail egg.
    Squirrels have this habbit to and they also eat chicks if they've got the change.
  4. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    I have lots of chipmunks and I really doubt they can crack an egg open, but I imagine they can if they are hungry

  5. theFox

    theFox Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    They could possibly be interested in the calcium content of the egg shells, squirrels, chipmunks, mice and a host of other small critters will scavenge for calcium.
  6. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Songster

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    I've seen a deer eat a fish before. Animals eat things you wouldn't think they would, especially when food is scarce. If he hasn't eaten any yet I'd agree with the other poster, just gathering feathers for its nest.
  7. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    Must be trying to hatch them [​IMG]

  8. hudsonhousechicks

    hudsonhousechicks Songster

    Jun 2, 2010
    My guess is yes! Don't know for sure but wouldn't be surprised.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I don't think a chipmunk could steal an average size egg but, probably could snatch a bantam one. I would think also they take feathers or stuff for their nest and probably nibble on chicken feed or scraps as well. Our area has an over abundance of chipmunks and I have to say this past year they are bigger and more filled out than I've ever see before. Maybe they are noshing on some old(steroid) pills dumped in the trash but, boy they are big. I almost thought they were young squirrels.

  10. SLWyandotte

    SLWyandotte Chirping

    Feb 23, 2011
    Chatom, Alabama
    they are a bit small but they taste like squirrel. but to be safe. a quail trap works well for them. a cage with no bottom, place a board in the cage against a side. dig a hole under the board where there is just a little light to be seen under it. they will go in the hole and lift the board just enough to get in and when the board falls back in place you got them. they don't even know they are caught till they go to looking for a way out.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2011

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