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Found nest of stolen eggs outside my chicken run

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by girliechicks, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. girliechicks

    girliechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know what would steal my chickens' eggs and store them in a clutch in a patch of weeds? I was pulling some big weeds right outside the fence of my chicken run. As I did, several eggs rolled out. On closer inspection, I found 8 eggs sitting there.
     
  2. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it possible that one of your girls has been nesting secretly...?
     
  3. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh! This is kinda cute in a way lol.

    Where were the eggs? Inside the coop or outside? What,s the biggest hole size in your run?
     
  4. girliechicks

    girliechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think they're nesting outside, because some of the eggs are large, and my grown chickens all have clipped wings.
     
  5. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What part of the world do you live in? Are the eggs still fresh? I love a mystery [​IMG]
     
  6. girliechicks

    girliechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    The eggs were outside of my acre of chicken yard. The fence is a four foot high with 2" x4" holes. It only keeps my chickens contained during the day, they are closed up in my coop at night.
     
  7. girliechicks

    girliechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Southern Illinois. I broke one of the eggs to see and it was as fresh as could be.
     
  8. chiques chicks

    chiques chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    It is unlikely anything "stole" them. Option one, one of your birds found a way out (under?) And is laying a clutch to brood. Option two, there is wildlife in the area that lays and egg like that and is laying a clutch to brood, pheasant, perhaps?
     
  9. girliechicks

    girliechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure they are chicken eggs. I will keep a count and see if more eggs appear. Maybe they are sneaking out! This is my third year of chickens, till now they've always laid eggs in or near the nesting box.
     
  10. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I agree. At first I thought a nurturing/maternal wild animal could POSSIBLY do this, BUT, given a wild bird would be THAT maternal, Girliechicks would have seen her. She wouldn't have left the nest.

    I don't know of any birds that steal eggs in that sort of way. Some lay in another bird's nest then leave, and others steal eggs to eat them, but stealing to bring them to life sounds very unlikely.
     

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