My two EE pullets have been for a a month or so. They each lay about 5 eggs a week. Or they were... Lately I have no eggs in the nest, depsite the fact that as soon as I let them out of the coop (no, they don't use the nest boxes ) they run straight for their favorite spot. Bossy seems to like to lay first thing in the morning. So, today I went out 15 minutes after she got on the nest and she was still busy. Went out a half hour later, empty nest... NO EGG. Now, I can understand at the beginning, maybe she was just practicing, but I think she probably layed an egg today. But I haven't had an egg from her for at least a week or 10 days. Pook lays later in the day, and we seem to get her eggs, but not as many as I should. I have a big barn, no sign of rats that I can see- no holes or tunnels or anything. No droppings. I would think if I had rats that they would have gotten into other things, like the goat sweet feed, which is currently just in it's bag, off the ground, in a wheelbarrow. Nothing seems to be stealing feed from the chicken feeder either, like the darned chipmunks in the summer. No black snakes here in Maine, and it's too cold anyway. It seems strange that whatever the egg-stealer is, it would wait for the egg and grab it as soon as it was layed? I have seen a squirrel up in the rafters, but usually it is at the other end of the barn, I am assuming it is stealing feed from the feeder in the coop. The nesting spot is in an aisle way between the barn wall and the wood pile. Conceivably, something could be in the wood pile or coming underneath it to grab the egg, but what?? Maybe I can wedge a trap under there. I don't want the hens to get a foot caught by accident. I also have a small humane trap- that might be safer to just see what I get. Butit's small (I have flying suqiirels in the house, one of which got INTO the kitchen a few weeks ago). It would hold a rat or maybe a squirrel. Any ideas of what identifying signs I should look for would be appreciated. Meanwhile, off to set the trap.