Missing and broken eggs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ilexxx, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. ilexxx

    ilexxx Hatching

    Apr 29, 2009
    I live in South MS and year around my hens have been heavy layers. Starting this spring the laying seemed to come to an abrupt halt and all we were finding was a few broken eggs in the nest. I raised another brood of hens who are now pullet size and still no eggs. We may get one egg a day from 12 hens. I do have a very tame rooster. We think it could possibly be rats getting the eggs but not sure. We have seen no signs of what kind of egg thief this could be. It is very frustrating to have 12 hens and have to buy eggs. Any ideas anyone?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    put a game cam in there to know for sure
    If anyone is home during the day, collect often and see what time of day it happens.
    It could be one or more of your chickens, a rat or an opossum.

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