Ravens stealing chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by robnmart, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. robnmart

    robnmart New Egg

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    We both work and our very productive hens, (3) molted and haven't left us any eggs since! They are in an enclosure and a closed coop at night. The ravens have become quite "friendly" and have been seen flying off with chicken eggs. Today, we were vigilant and when a hen was setting, we closed the coop and got all eggs. But we can't monitor the coop when at work. Any ideas, experience, or solutions?
     
  2. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome!!

    Oh those ravens. They are so dang smart and sassy. We had the same issue (and if ya could see how they got in, you'd know they were geniuses!)

    Unfortunately, we only solved it by keeping the coop/run closed all day. I can't remember how long it took...maybe a week? The ravens stopped the B & E.

    Also, I, um, well...I gave the ravens extra treats to distract them. I'm a sucker for geniuses.
     
  3. heathenix

    heathenix New Egg

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    We have been having the same problem and then yesterday I actually caught one in the act. I slammed the run gate so he couldn't get out and when he went in the coop I shut him in there and banged on the walls and yelled. After about10 minutes I opened the coop door and backed away and when he flew out to join hoist partner in crime in a nearby tree I yelled and chased them off. Hoping they are sufficiently traumatized to think twice before coming back!
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    This guy keeps away crows, ravens, hawks, squirrels, birds, cats........he's my chicken body guard :)
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  5. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    now that's a body guard
     

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