Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by babychickaboom, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. babychickaboom

    babychickaboom New Egg

    Mar 11, 2014
    I am new to chickens, I have raised some babies for a year, but I am having trouble with them laying eggs. They lay for a while then stop. Then when I leave eggs to try and get chicks the eggs disappear? I have a fenced in coop and use the lights that blink at night to scare away critters.

    I just cant figure out what is getting the eggs?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    All kinds of things can eat your chicken eggs, including your own chickens! If you are sure the chickens themselves are not eating them, critters of the day can be eating them....squirrels, dogs, cats, wild birds, snakes, rats, etc...The best thing you can do is keep your birds on a good diet and keep the treats down to a minimum so they get enough protein and calcium. Confine them to the coop and run in the morning when they are most likely to be laying somewhere in the woods in some secret nest, keep all wild critters from entering the coop and run and collect your eggs often.

    Good luck with those eggs and welcome to BYC!
  3. Ameraucanasouth

    Ameraucanasouth Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2014
    Northeast Georgia
    Welcome to BYC!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! A game camera or video can also be helpful with figuring out what is going on.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Have you tried setting live traps with eggs for bait?
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] if you aren't finding any bits of broken shell or yolk etc. I doubt that the hens are eating them. You may have snakes hiding in the coop - people have often mentioned on BYC reaching under a hen to collect eggs and finding a snake under her. The hen doesn't even notice, and the snake keeps nice and warm and well fed.
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed


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