I wonder where it went?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobbi-j, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I had a ceramic egg in one of my two nest boxes in the coop, just to give them the idea that *just maybe* all eight of them don't have to lay in the same nest. It was there for weeks. And now it's gone. DH picks the eggs while I'm at work and puts them directly into cartons. He knew it was there. It was clearly marked, so I don't think he accidentally took it. I looked in all the cartons... The only thing I can think of is maybe a rat (like a real one with fur and that little bald tail - not a two-legged one) got into the coop and stole it. If that's the case, it serves him right! I've looked in the bedding of both nests and on the floor. Any other ideas? I'm in MN and it's still too cold for snakes so I know it's not that. I don't know that we have egg-stealing snakes anyway - I've never experienced that, anyway.
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Lots of animals steal eggs.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    True, but I don't know what else would be able to get in there unless it snuck in while the run was open and they were free ranging. The dog keeps most varmints away during the day and they're locked up at night.
     
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    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Maybe your husband or wife, kids or neighbor is playing a trick on you. If so I would be like :lau
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    It's just me and the husband. He's claiming innocence at this time. But yes - if it were him, I would have a good laugh... and then he'd have to watch his back! [​IMG](He knows I don't get mad... but I DO get even!)

    Right now I'm thinking it could be in an egg carton that has already been shared with family or friends. Won't they be in for a surprise if that's the case? [​IMG]
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Better put the word out!

    Any chances it could be buried in the coop bedding?


    You free range right.....hopeful broody carried it away?

    ETA: you do have that sneaky dog...uhhuh.
     
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  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    After digging around in the coop, I'm pretty sure it's not there. No broodies to carry it off, and as far as I know, dog can't get in through the pop door - although nothing would surprise me... Looks like I'll have to make some phone calls!
     
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    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know... in your area... But. I have had magpies steal fake eggs before. In a way I was glad they did it because it alerted me to the fact they were going in the coop, and it made it so that my coop was secure when I had my first hens start to lay. Anyway I would find them in the woods around the place, no doubt finally discarded by a frustrated magpie who had originally thought he/she was SO SMART.... [​IMG]
     
  9. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Hahaha! No magpies here, but I wouldn't be surprised by a disappointed rat. Maybe a squirrel? We have lots of those, although I've never seen one in the coop. Doesn't mean they don't get in, I just have never seen it.
     

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