Eggs Missing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dragonbird, May 1, 2016.

  1. dragonbird

    dragonbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our five girls had started producing their normal 3-5 eggs a day after their winter break of about 1-3 eggs a day...Until about two weeks ago.

    I started getting 0-2 eggs a day. I am a coop stalker. I am addicted to my chickens and admit that I go out there far more than I need to . I also have 12 babies in a separation area in the coop that I cannot seem to get enough of, so needless to say I am out there a LOT and collect the eggs very frequently.

    I also did notice that the girls looked like they had been slowly digging around the perimeter of their run enclosure which had the chicken wire buried about 4 inches deep-it was on our to do list to get that all fixed up but we were waiting for a day that wasn't a torrential downpour.

    My first thought was a snake-as the eggs were just gone. No evidence and all my girls were OK-and, after all, aren't raccoons mostly nocturnal?

    But my sweet daughter decided neighbors were stealing eggs, so she put a bunch of fishing line in random places so she could see if people were walking through (ya ya, animals could do it too-but I couldn't get her to move on from that idea haha)..Today we went out and checked her 'traps' and I found a bit of raccoon (I think) scat (normal around here) but I also found an eggshell with the innards missing.

    I stacked logs up around the wire until hubby and I can get to the burying of the wire better (not the best solution but I am an idiot and I was completely in panic mode).


    I holed myself out in the coop for two hours while my girls were laying, just to see if anyone would come. The only thing that I saw was a really inquisitive crow that seemed to be great friends with my girls. So now I am wondering if a crow is capable of grabbing an egg and running off with it?

    I have no idea what I am up against. I've only hunted moles before (and am quite good at it-I catch them alive with a shovel) and am up for the challenge I just need to know my enemy.

    Wow, this got REALLY long-sorry for that. I'm just really hoping someone has some brilliant ideas of what would steal eggs in the daytime....The little area that was a bit unsecured really didn't seem big enough for a raccoon-it was only a small gap-like an inch...but with some pushing and shoving maybe had give to about three inches.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Not saying this is your culprit, but crows will enter a coop and take eggs.
     
  3. dragonbird

    dragonbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering this myself. We have a ton of them too-I've always been happy to see them as they keep the hawks away. My girls seem to have a great relationship with this particular crow too.

    I just don't know if they would squeeze under a fence-as that is the only place that had a gap at all...I set a live trap just to see what happens...
     
  4. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    I would agree with the theory of Sourland...Magpies are here in abundance and I have witnessed them breaking and extracting the yolk and white of goose eggs...they are of the same family as crows...they are not adverse to taking young chicks too...
     
  5. dragonbird

    dragonbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't wait to get my trail cam!! This is driving me slowly insane. I can't just sit in the coop every day while the girls are laying haha! They really seemed like they were best friends with this crow-so could very well be possible.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Did you ever install that trail cam?
     
  7. dragonbird

    dragonbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not yet, I was hoping to get one for Mother's Day haha! I will have to wait until the day is over before I find out if I have to go out and get one myself ;)
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    At least you used paragraphs....Thank You!

    Here's to hoping you get the gift you want and need...and we get to see the results soon.
     
  10. dragonbird

    dragonbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No luck haha! I'll have to dive into my crazy money stash and look for a decent one!
     

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