Eggs Cracked Open & Eaten - Name the Predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by greenfamilyfarms, Aug 10, 2011.

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  1. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    My Dad is having trouble with some type of critter breaking the tops off of his bantam's eggs and eating the egg, then leaving the shell. Any ideas on what could be doing this?
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Cats will do that.
     
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most do not realize fox are egg eaters too.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:I didn't realize that! I know my egg-eaters were barn cats, and I know skunks will eat eggs, but don't skunks take the whole egg?
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    When I was having a mouse problem, they were breaking the top off the eggs with their teeth. I would usually only find the shell. No eggs mess anywhere. Then one night I shut the coop up after it got dark. When I shined my flashlight inside to count the birds there were little mice everywhere. In the nestboxes, the feed container and the water. No more food left in the coop YUCK [​IMG]
     
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Coons, possums, rats, dogs, foxes, crows, wolves, squirrels, and armadillos do it here when they find a nest in the fields
     
  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    We're leaning towards rat/mouse, too, because a person would think if it was something else they would go after the chickens, too. [​IMG]
     
  8. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens themselves can eat the eggs...
     
  9. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Quote:Thought of that, too, but they wouldn't leave the shells would they?
     
  10. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    if just the end of the egg is bitten off.. and the edges of the shell are busted down.. it's a skunk.. they only take off the end and as they stuff their nose in they crumple the edges

    a coon tends to bite the egg in half..but they also remove the egg from the nest and move off a bit of a distance before eating

    a opossum leaves chewed up shell remains behind.. they are rather messy when it comes to eggs

    a mink or weasel also bites off the end.. they dont usually crumple the edges though... you'll find tiny teeth marks around the edges

    a fox will break a hole into an egg just big enough for them to lick out the contents
     

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