Missing eggs - is she chucking them or do i have a problem?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Goat_Walker, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Well Every day I have one or two eggs missing. Today I went to collect and my buff , who has the nest, was missing some eggs.

    I usually place the fertile eggs form the other ucks under her and take the infertile into the fridge. Yesterday she had 6 eggs, and this morning she only had 3! I dont know if she has layed todays egg though, seeing as I left at about 7.

    Two days ago I found a four foot rat snake skin in my barn, is he eating all my eggs, and in the process messing up my nest? Or do I have someone else intruding?
     
  2. rufus

    rufus Crowing

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    Put small light bulbs into the nest. If the problem is a snake, it will ingest them and die.

    Could be though, that you have a hungry neighbor.

    Rufus
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Interesting. I am intrigued. The snakes can't tell the difference?
     
  4. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    Golf balls also work.
     
  5. rufus

    rufus Crowing

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    Apparently not. After the hen has sat on the light bulb, it smells of her. Golf balls work also, but dead light bulbs are free, and I am kind of into recycling.

    Dogs, skunks and oppossums will steal eggs also. Put a marked egg into the nest, and then watch and wait.

    Rufus
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    I'd think the snake is the prime candidate, but other possibilities are rats and an egg-eater. A rat will not eat the shell, but your birds will clean up a broken shell automatically. Definitely suspect the snake but don't forget to look for other possible causes.

    Good luck!
     
  7. WonderWomanRox

    WonderWomanRox Chirping

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    Hi! I have the same problem. It seems I have fewer and fewer eggs. I think we probably have LOTS of snakes and I'll never be able to kill them all. Anyone know of ways to deter them? We're going to try and "fortify" the coop this weekend, but I know my girls are afraid of these monsters stealing their eggs and would like some kind of repellant.

    Wish I had found this forum last year when we bought our girls!
     
  8. thaokou21

    thaokou21 Songster

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    it could be a weasel too. They likes eggs and cut of small chickens heads.
     
  9. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    Quote:My dad runs a pro ship, so we have buckets of old balls in the garage.

    We toss 1-2 into each nest, and if some come up missing, we know we have an issue. The snakes, well it's the end for them
     

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