Need Poultry CSI for this mystery.. UPDATE PG 5

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mudhen, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    I placed three wooden eggs in the nest boxes a few weeks ago. They are a bit larger than the average eggs I get, but I was having trouble with one hen's egg always being crushed and someone suggested it.

    OK, so the three eggs are each in a different nest box (total 14 nest boxes, and I placed them in three of the most used boxes).

    Everything is fine for several days. As a matter of fact, no crushed eggs. But that's not the mystery.

    Yesterday I go out to feed and find one of the wood eggs in the run! [​IMG]

    There are no predators, no missing chickens, no missing eggs.
    One or more of these hens had to somehow kick the egg out of the nest, and I can accept that much.
    But then, it would have to carry it UP a ramp, across the mini-tunnel and out into the run... [​IMG]

    Here is pic of inside of coop and ramp to go out:

    And here is picture of the outside, where I found the egg on the ground, about 10 feet away from the coop opening:

    Someone tell me how they did it, please!!!??? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Sounds to me like a rat or squirrel started to make off with it then discovered it wasn't real. [​IMG]
  3. Iceblink

    Iceblink Chillin' With My Peeps


    Or leprechauns.

    Or both.
  4. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    Clearly the Easter Bunny.
  5. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    the CHUPACABRA!!!!!! AAGGGHHHH!!!... oh no, wait:/ ... they suck goats, so you are OK..

    i am guessing SQUIRRL...
  6. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Egg stealing squirrels?! [​IMG] No way! My girls would eat squirrels! Yummy protein with fuzzy tails....

    [​IMG] That Easter bunny may be collecting for April though.... hmmmm [​IMG]
  7. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I say you've got a rat that's discovered the hen house!
  8. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Seriously, I don't think it's a predator at all. The other (real) eggs are just fine. Plus, there's no entry/exit for a rat or squirrel, the run is completely enclosed.
    A mouse or snake are probably the only things that can get in. It would have taken a team of mice, and any snakes are hibernating right [​IMG]

  9. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Rootstown Ohio
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Rats!!!!!! They can get through small spaces easily and carry large loads.

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