Dont assume your hens are eating the eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chrissyr, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. chrissyr

    chrissyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a thought as egg laying is starting to pick up. Please don't assume your chickens are eating their own eggs.
    Last season I was SURE I had a hen breaking open and eating the eggs in the coop. I tried to get out quicker, put hot sauce in an empty egg.
    BUT THEN... I decided it was time to cull the culprit. [​IMG]
    To find out who it was, I put my video camera in the coop. To my amazement - It was a BLUE BIRD!! It was flying in and looking for the nest ( I moved it, turned it etc) and was still breaking open every egg!! It wouldn't drink much, but was coming back 4-5 times a day.
    I got him on video about 4 different times.
    I ended up putting a netting around the entrance, and the Blue Bird stopped coming in for the eggs. They are still around though, but no broken eggs. Thankfully then hens didn't learn about the food source.
    I would have taken it to the bank it was my hens doing it. And those Blue Birds seem to be lurking outside still, now that egg season is up again.
    Here is a pic of my California culprit:
    http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/featured_birds/default.cfm?bird=Island_Scrub-Jay
    Just don't be surprised at who is your thief
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, yes, the clever scrub jay - I know it well. I had one coming through the pop door and STEALING eggs. Literally, carrying an egg in its beak, hopping out, repositioning the egg, and flying off... Low and with various short hops to keep its prize.

    I was SO shocked. Could hardly believe the stinkin' thing could carry a hen's egg!
     
  3. chrissyr

    chrissyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are sneaky little suckers for sure!!
     

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