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Harching eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tipsy terry, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. tipsy terry

    tipsy terry New Egg

    Mar 23, 2016
    Help, i am trying to get my cochan to hatch eggs. They sit on them for a little over two weeks then the eggs disappear. I welcome any thoughts. I dont see any signs of predators in the coop.
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop

    If the eggs are just vanishing into thin air I would suspect you definitely have a predator taking them. My immediate guess would be a snake if there are no egg remains left since the snake will eat them whole and not leave a mess. Another suspect would be ravens. I have a few that will go right into my coop and snag the eggs out of the nests whole. They don't leave any signs of eating the eggs either.

    Next time you have a broody can you set her up in a dog crate or something similar that no snakes would be able to get into? If the eggs still disappear you will know then that she is eating them, but when chickens eat eggs there is usually evidence left behind since they break them open to do it, so I really suspect you have a snake or other predator.
  3. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Agree with Pyxis. You may also want to post on the predator threads. [​IMG]
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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