Missing eggs under hen????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aspen13, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. aspen13

    aspen13 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2015
    Ok so we have a duck that went clucky and has been sitting on 10 eggs. They would have been due to hatch 4-5 days ago, since then hens have been stealing the ducks spot and sitting on the eggs. The problem is the last 4-5 days we've gone from 10 eggs down to 4... I candles them and they were all fertile.
    Any ideas what could be happening??
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Could a predator have got in and taken the eggs? As the nest was being disturbed by others could they have gotten knocked out of the nest?
  3. aspen13

    aspen13 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2015
    Yes, but there's no egg shells around.. Would a rat be able to take an egg?
  4. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Apr 1, 2014
    Longville, La
    Early spring of 2015, I had 4 hens all go broody at the same time. We also had a snake problem in the coop. One of my larger hens was so zoned out while she was on the nest, that a snake crawled under her, swallowed an egg, and went back out the other side without her ever getting up. I just happened to go in the coop while the snake was still in the nest. Half on one side of her and half on the other. We had lost several eggs that week. Never any sign of what happened until I saw that.
    We were using milk crates as nests back then. The snake came through a hole in one side, ate the egg, then couldn't get back out through the other side. I had to chop it in to 3 pieces to get it out of the nest.

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