Do I have an egg thief or are the chickens being clumsy?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EspressoGirl, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. EspressoGirl

    EspressoGirl Hatching

    Jun 3, 2013
    Sunnyvale, CA
    For the last week or so I have been finding broken eggs in the nesting box almost daily. Today I found another broken egg (really in pieces) with most of the egg eaten/missing. Half of the shell was outside of the nesting box. I have only 2 hens and they don't usually break the eggs.

    I live in Sunnyvale, CA what kind of animal other than a clumsy chicken might do this?

    At night I frequently see opossum's and racoons in the backyard but they cannot get into the coop. Will other birds come into the coop when the chickens are out and steel eggs? I see crows, ravens, steller jays, blue jays a lot in the area. Also squirrels. As far as a rat is concerned I would be surprised if it got past my 3 outside cats that are great rodent hunters.
  2. jentralala

    jentralala Chirping

    May 1, 2014
    It sounds like your hens are eating their own eggs to me. It's a tough habit to break.

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