Egg thief or chicken prank?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Josie, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can see our chickens nest from inside the house, which is convenient because I can see when both our layers have laid.

    Today I noticed that we had two eggs, but it was a couple of hours before I could go out and get them. When I did, there was only one egg!

    The girls have laid one a day since summer pretty consistently, but this week we were short three eggs, two one day and one on another occasion. Until today I thought it was because they were mad because I moved some of their furniture around.

    Is something taking the eggs?
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    Are the girls eating them and leaving no trace of the evidence?
    or .....?
     
  2. crazychickens

    crazychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a closed coop? or could an animal get in?
    What age are your hens? They sound young if they are still laying 1 egg a day, so is one molting?

    A few of mine are molting, so they are not laying eggs right now, but they still go in the nesting boxes and sit on the other hens eggs.

    Good luck
     
  3. nccatnip

    nccatnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snake???
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    If the chickens were eating the eggs you would find egg white and yolk in the bedding, they can't eat one without leaving traces.

    Moving things in the coop can upset them and cause them not to lay.

    Snakes will swallow eggs whole without a trace but unless you live in a warm climate or keep your coop heated it is unlikely to have an active snake in the winter cold.

    Racoons will carry eggs off, but will also kill the chickens if they can get that close.

    Possums are also egg thiefs, usually won't try to kill the adult chickens.

    Dogs also make excellent egg thieves, and of course humans do too.
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Look at the beak for signs of the yolk. They can eat an egg and not leave one piece of evidence except they can't wipe their mouth.
     
  6. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't really know, could be a number of things. Since you can see the nest boxes from inside, have a stakeout and see exactly what is going on. Then, make sure you tell us, I love a good mystery. Oh, yeah, pics would be nice too. [​IMG]
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Put a golf ball out there too. See if it goes missing.
     
  8. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooooh I like the golfball idea MissPrissy, what would that tell me?

    Here are some pictures:
    This is the view from inside the house of todays eggs
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    These are my two layers:
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    I live in an urban area, this picture is just so you can see how close our neighbors are. There are no raccoons, the only real wildlife is squirrels, birds and wandering pets, but any dogs are easy to detect by the screaming chickens. I don't think there are any snakes.
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    (The backyard is a work in progress, and smaller than alot of your chicken areas, but no making fun! [​IMG])
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If a snake is eating eggs and not the chickens he won't be able to digest that golf ball. You'll find him sooner or later.
     
  10. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Squirrels will steal eggs. Seriously!
     

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