Egg thief

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Amandabontrager, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Amandabontrager

    Amandabontrager In the Brooder

    Nov 27, 2016
    I live in Florida and something is taking my eggs, 16 at a time! I really don't think it's a person taking them as my coop is visible to me all day. It's also not something that would eat my chickens as they are fine. I don't think it's a snake because they are usually snatched at once (16!). I will let my chickens out in the afternoon after they lay, come back to get them in the evening and they will be gone...usually not trace ( I found she'll of one once). I am going to start taking the eggs as soon as I open coop to maybe "turn off" thief, but, I'm really curious what could be taking them.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2018
  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    Jan 19, 2018
    SE Wisconsin
    My Coop
    Possibly a raccoon. Typically, they will steal eggs. And they tend to travel in groups when raiding.
  3. It might be a skunk. A skunk stole eggs and we never knew it. Never hurt my chickens either.
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  4. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Easily distracted by Chickens

    Jun 3, 2016
    Lewiston NY
    Do you have any large snakes in your area? that can be a possibility. Although, Skunks are known for egg snatching. They pretty much rely on wild duck eggs to eat.
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    Just about anything can be stealing your eggs. With that many eggs getting gone you'd think your hens would sound the alarm. A raccoon would terrify the chickens and you hear the racket. A possum would terrify the chickens and you would hear the racket. A snake, however, can somehow charm a chicken into totally ignoring it while it devours eggs. The most eggs I've had taken by a snake was 5 at a time. And the only reason why I found her was because she had engorged to the point she could not fit between the wire to escape. I found her lying in the sand in the coop, sunning herself while the chickens went about her business as if nothing was amiss. If you have a snake taking 16 eggs at a time, I'd look where I was stepping before I entered the coop. Rats can take eggs but you will see rat droppings all over the place. You will also see other varmint droppings around your coop.

    If you really want to find out what is stealing your eggs invest in a game camera.
  6. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    Jan 19, 2018
    SE Wisconsin
    My Coop
    I don't think it's a Skunk. Skunks are nocturnal, so are possums. So if it's light when your eggs are getting stolen, its likely not them.
  7. Cluckcluck1215

    Cluckcluck1215 Free Ranging

    Jan 21, 2016
    Ravenclaw Common Room
    My Coop
    Rat, I think
  8. Cheers2Ya

    Cheers2Ya Songster

    Apr 9, 2016
    North Dakota
    Would rats steal them or eat them right there? I can't picture a rat gently taking that many eggs down from a nest and getting them out of the coop without signs of breakage. Is it possible???
  9. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Probably a monitor lizard, y'all have a ton of them in Florida due to people letting pets loose. It would be easy for one to eat 16 eggs since that's their main diet.

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