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Pheasant eggs disappearing.

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by quails-101, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. quails-101

    quails-101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am having eggs disappear from my pheasant run do pheasants eat their own eggs? I got four eggs about 26 days or more ago and then nothing else after that. Then today I seen an egg and decided to leave it in there thinking they would sit on it then when I went back later it was gone. I'm getting pretty frustrated because I don't want to miss laying season. Thanks
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    They will eat them like candy! You will have to collect the eggs several times a day if you got this problem----if you want them.
     
  3. 007Sean

    007Sean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would look for a snake, if you don't see any egg shells around in the pen.
     
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  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Or even a rat!
     
  5. 007Sean

    007Sean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, rats will get them too but they usually leave broken egg shells around, or leave just a hole in the egg. If the birds are laying and you can't find any eggs, i would suspect a snake.
     
  6. quails-101

    quails-101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh ok yea there is no egg shells around anywhere and I haven't got anything today and I check all the time.
     
  7. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Is your pheasant run top covered?
     
  8. Chicken Huck

    Chicken Huck Out Of The Brooder

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    Try putting a golf ball in the area where the eggs are usually laid. If it disappears you had a snake, probably more than one. I keep golf balls in my nest for nest eggs, I have to replace them pretty often, but have the satisfaction of knowing another egg stealing snake has committed suicide. And I usually find them in the woods around my house along with a few bones.
     
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  9. 007Sean

    007Sean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a bad idea! I've put glass eggs in my pens before but they were never swallowed by a snake.
     
  10. quails-101

    quails-101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes the run is covered but I but a chicken egg in there but I checked this morning I was still there I don't know what's going on.
     

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