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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken-nipples, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. chicken-nipples

    chicken-nipples Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    Dunedin New Zealand
    I am so upset, the day before my babies were to hatch, rats stole the eggs,

    Now I have not seen a rat, but the eggs were all gone and a friend spotted a tunnel beside the chicken house that has been obviously dug out, grrrrrr
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Frustrating, isn’t it. What kind of signs were left behind? It would be unusual for rats to steal the eggs and leave no signs behind. How many eggs were taken?

    I have had snakes do that, the eggs were eaten under a broody hen, no signs left at all. One day in the middle of the day I walked into the coop and a 5’ black snake was looped around the hen, she was just sitting there in a trance. It got away before I could stop it and the next morning four of the eggs were gone. Four was all it could eat at one time. It went away to digest them and came back a couple of days later and got the rest.

    I don’t know what other critters you might have in New Zealand but that sure sounds like a snake to me.
  3. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2015
    I agree. I think it was probably a snake. I had the same thing happen but instead of eggs the snake actually eight new chicks. It has been my experience that rats will sometimes eat the eggs in the coop. You'll see broken shells and bits of leftover. Snakes tend to swallow them whole.

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