Human predators stealing eggs in new jersey

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by njchicks, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. njchicks

    njchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    With a flock of 16 hens and one roo, have found no eggs for the past 5 days. Four birds are too young to lay, but I had been gettin 4 a day, after the hot hot summer. Now none, Tomorrow a padlock goes on. Oh well, it's the Soprano state....just be way with all the egg hysteria, people want nice wholesome eggs...Rob in NJ:/
     
  2. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Check for snakes too
    they will eat the eggs
     
  3. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A game cam would be nice to catch the stinker in the act [​IMG]
     
  4. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Check for snakes too, they will eat the eggs.
    Sorry for your trouble. If it is a 2 legged predator, a sign about video surveillance might help too

    oops, sorry for the double post, it hung up and when I checked the thread there was no post so I tried again. [​IMG]
     
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  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Yeah..check for snakes..
     
  6. njchicks

    njchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all for your helpful replies, never though about snakes.,
    Rob
     
  7. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please don't talk about snakes....I have had "6" on my property this year that had to be removed with a shotgun...5 were in the henhouse with my eggs....
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Check for any evidence that 1 or more hen's have developed a taste for eggs, look for wet spot's or dampness in the nest boxes or any shell remains. Just a thought, I never had one ever then one day I thought the same as you as my egg production dropped to Zero, then I went into the coop one day and caught her slurping one down. She was chicken soup that day because you can never ever cure an egg eater.

    AL
     
  9. njchicks

    njchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    OMG! a six foot snake. We only have little garters here in this part of NJ and I have not seen any this year. I am happy, about that; Mike, no I have not seen any evidence of hens eating the eggs. Best, ROb
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sorry, Rob, but we have 6'+ black snakes here in the Flemington area. Central Jersey- you have them too. You just haven't seen them yet.
     

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