Egg thieves?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ed62, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Ed62

    Ed62 Songster

    For some strange reason, most of our hens are laying their eggs outside, near the coop. Yesterday I saw one egg in a newly dug hole near the coop, but I left it there to be gathered later in the day. A little later, I went out there, and the egg was completely gone - no shell fragments or anything.

    Our chicken yard is plenty large enough for 7 chickens, but they are never very far from the coop. What would be stealing the eggs while the chickens are so close to them? FWIW, we do have a rooster who doesn't miss much at all. About 2 years ago we had a bull snake in the yard, and I'm wondering if that could be the thief? Egg production is way down - or is it??

  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    What about ariel critters. Hawks or other larger prey.
  3. Ed62

    Ed62 Songster

    That might be a possibility, but I think a snake is more probable. Thanks for the reply.

  4. ChickenScratchin

    ChickenScratchin Chirping

    Aug 26, 2011
    Could also have egg-eating chickens...they can clean one up very quickly if it gets broken.
  5. Ed62

    Ed62 Songster

    Thanks for the post. We've actually had that happen twice before when there were 2 eggs with soft shells. Other than that, I've had no reason to suspect it happened again, but who knows?

  6. Chickens rock!mysocks

    Chickens rock!mysocks In the Brooder

    May 29, 2010
    It could also be a rat or a squirrel.
  7. Ed62

    Ed62 Songster

    Chickens rock!mysocks :

    or a squirrel.

    I learn something new every day! Didn't know a squirrel could do that. We have tons of them. Thanks.


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