Sixteen Goose Eggs Disappeared

minifarmkat

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 25, 2013
59
2
43
North Carolina
We had an awful morning this morning, and I was hoping to get an opinion or two on what could have happened. We have a broody goose who has been sitting on a clutch of sixteen eggs for almost a month now (they were due to hatch any day now), and she has been a great mama goose ("mean" and not letting anyone anywhere near her nest). I have been checking the eggs almost everyday (to make sure none are cracked); however, today when I went outside she was grazing in the front pasture, no where near her nest. I got worried and ran back to the nest and they were gone--all of the eggs were gone. I freaked out and looked everywhere for signs, there were no tracks, there were no eggshells, there was absolutely nothing that hinted at what happened. Has anyone else had a similar experience? What on earth could have carried off sixteen eggs with no sign?
 

chickencoop789

Songster
7 Years
Jul 1, 2012
1,629
41
153
New Jersey
Snake. They don't leave a trace and swallow the eggs whole. They are easily capable of swallowing several at one time. It could also be a rat, but they tend to only carry off a few, not sixteen.
 

Ashdoes

Songster
7 Years
Jun 11, 2012
1,724
134
168
Peyton, CO
I subscribed, because I keep waiting to see you say, wait I found the babies! How frustrating it must be that the eggs just disappeared.
 

Farmer Brian

Chirping
7 Years
Nov 28, 2012
56
10
91
My first thought was snake too. But sixteen goose eggs would be quite a meal, even for a big snake, which I'm sure you have in NC. I wouldn't rule out a two legged snake.
 

chickengeorgeto

Crowing
7 Years
Dec 25, 2012
8,048
4,099
431
Big Bend of the Tennessee River's Right Bank.
My first thought was snake too. But sixteen goose eggs would be quite a meal, even for a big snake, which I'm sure you have in NC. I wouldn't rule out a two legged snake.
2X Most snakes that prey on eggs have a special "egg tooth" in the back of their throats. as the egg slides down the snake's egg tooth pierces the shell, and a quick squeeze by the snake separates the shell from the yoke and white. The crushed empty shell is then vomited out by the reptile.


Other egg thefts like foxes, skunks, coyotes, etc. maybe feeding young at this time of year and they would sure take at least some of these eggs back to their den to share.
 

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