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Someone tampering with my coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by V Chic Chick, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There have been several strange events in the coop over the past few weeks -
    1. About a month ago I came down in the morning to find the pophole open when I had definately shut it the night before.
    2. There has been a definate decrease in eggs over the past couple of weeks. There have been hardly any bigger eggs, but plenty of banty eggs, so I suspect that any egg thief is trying not to raise my suspicions. Both hens have only come into lay this season, so it's not like they're just getting on a bit.
    3. A couple of days ago there were two eggs, in two different nestboxes with very weird cracks in them. I have never seen these cracks before, and to get two on the same day seems very suspicious. They were cracked, with the membrane clearly visible but not broken. It looked almost like someone had stuck a finger in but not broken the membrane.

    I've never had any complaints from anyone about the chickens - no one seems to mind really.
    However, the coop is not locked (although it will be as soon as I'm home during daylight hours to fix it, the coop has subsided meaning that I can't get the catch to work). In the mean time I have been tying string and then literally doing a wax seal on it. I have done this for two days and it hasn't been broken. I got two eggs the day after I first did it.
    Few people in my neighbourhood know of their existance, and they can't be seen from the road, but it wouldn't be difficult for several different households just to leap over a fence and do it.

    It's not so much the eggs I'm worried about, it's the fact that someone has been going into my garden and tampering with the coop, which makes me worried for the girl's safety.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's horrible! And I would feel the same way: it's not about the eggs, it is about strangers on your property messing around with your girls!

    That thread was a great one! I'm sure it was mentioned over there, but I'd just like to re-mention put on a padlock, and get a motion light. That should help deter them!

    BTW- Just had a thought.. you could also go kinda the passive-aggressive route LOL. Maybe leave a carton of eggs OUTSIDE THE COOP with a little sticky attached that says, "Since I know you like these, I collected them for ya already! Next time I'm calling the cops" [​IMG] Maybe they will realize that they AREN'T getting away with it.. and that eventually they'll be caught?



    Good luck. What a scary situation!
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2007
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Queen......thats so funny!! Just make them store bought eggs! LOL V chick.....hope you have been able to stop the thief. I too would be worried about the hens...any updates?
     
  5. Llysse

    Llysse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a good idea, Your Majesty. (LOL)

    But seriously, I would be beside myself about the intrusion into my space, and the implications about what it could mean for my animals... the lack of respect for personal property. So what if it's just a few eggs? I might be just as upset if someone was breaking into my coop and leaving things there for me to find rather than taking them.
     
  6. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did a wax seal on the coop and then there were two eggs the next day. I left the chickens with dad and he couldn't be bothered to do the waxing [​IMG] (not that hard!!)

    I'm starting waxing it again, so we'll see how we go until I can move the hasp to get the padlock on.

    I'm at a loss as to who could be doing it, nobody has ever complained about them. One set of next door neighbours has even looked after them. Only neighbour we've ever had a problem with is someone who didn't like the leylandii which drops leaves into the guttering of his garage that backs onto our garden. However, he's gone 80 and would have to either come round to the front of the property and go in that way or go over the roof of his garage to get in.

    I like the egg box idea, I think I'll be trying it!
     
  7. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I had an egg thief once. What I did was take some eggs that where clear and didn't hatch and put them in the nests. Put a VERY small pen dot on the round end so I could tell them apart when I collected eggs. Two days later they dissappeared! Never lost another egg after that! LOL Guess they didn't enjoy the experience of cracking them open. [​IMG]
     
  8. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooooo...ick. That must have been funny!
     
  9. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It bears mentioning the fact that if someone is willing to go into your coop, what's to say they don't go into other coops as well, potentially transferring harmful things- sickness, disease, etc. ??

    I would find a way to stop this asap, if for no other reason than to protect the health of my flock.
     
  10. Llysse

    Llysse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any updates on this situation?
     

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