Something is stealing the eggs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kymarose, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Kymarose

    Kymarose Out Of The Brooder

    Hello... I seldom post here but I have a big problem I don't really know how to tackle. Something is stealing the eggs... but not bothering my chickens. I can't tell if it is day or night thievery. When I should be getting 6-8-10 eggs a day, I'm getting only one. It's crazy. [​IMG] I can see no way a raccoon, or possum could get into the hen house. A weasel could, but I would think he would also go for the birds. No birds have been killed inside the hen house. Hawks take a one now and then during day light hours. Mice and rats are there and I treat them with dCon. But... if a rat was the culprit... how could he carry away the eggs? There are no broken shells. If it is a snake... how do I find and catch the snake?

    It is so frustrating... all of the care and feeding for only ONE egg a day. Can't handle that !!![​IMG]

    I'm hoping someone here has suggestions for me.

    Thanks in advanced.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Are you sure something is taking the eggs? Could it be that your hens are starting to molt or are just on winter break? And don't rule out the possibility that you have an egg eater - it could possibly be one of your hens eating the eggs, too.
     
  3. Kymarose

    Kymarose Out Of The Brooder

    Well.. they have molted earlier, like in November and December. We are in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and as far as winter here it is relatively mild... in the 30's and 40's. No snow and icy right now. We usually have only about 2 weeks of snow and ice, which happened this year in early December. They were laying good about 2-3 weeks ago, and what I thought were starting up on spring laying. It is possible one of the hens is eating eggs, but wouldn't I see shells in the nests? And.. would she eat that many in one day?

    It's a mystery... and I'm afraid it could be a big bull snake. I haven't seen any big snakes around our place but I know they are in the area. The hen house is build on the ground, and nothing can get under...but they could be in the walls. Yuk !! I hope not !! [​IMG]
     
  4. Scott H

    Scott H Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snakes are not active in those temps....
     
  5. Kymarose

    Kymarose Out Of The Brooder

    OOoooooK. That's good to know. Could a rat take that many eggs?
     
  6. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure they aren't getting stolen by the two footed predator??
     
  7. Kymarose

    Kymarose Out Of The Brooder

    I have wondered that. Shucky-Darn !! if that's the case. Maybe I'lll put a lock on the back gate to the barn area... and see if that helps. We have a dog, but she's an inside dog. I can't afford to put a camera up. [​IMG] Hummmmmm
     
  8. Chickkidd

    Chickkidd New Egg

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    I have had a problem with the squirrels stealing my eggs.....we have found some whole eggs right at the opening of a squirrel hole. This weekend the whole chicken coop is getting chicken wire buried underground and attached to the lower boards of the coop. We have already disturbed all of their holes near the chicken house and this has slowed them down a little. However we do find them digging back out of some. I just keep covering and disturbing.......I'm determined to win!! LOL They have plenty of other food on my five acres! Good Luck
     
  9. Kymarose

    Kymarose Out Of The Brooder

    Hummmm it could be a squirrel. I have refreshed the mice/rat bait stations, that will keep their population down. But a squirrel... never thought of him, could very will be. The chicken house is a distant from any trees... so she would have to carry it a ways unless they make their nest in the ground. Are yours ground squirrels? I have heard rats will get eggs... but I would think he would eat it in the nest and leave pieces of eggs shells. I never see any egg shells. Does anyone know if a rat can carry an egg out of the nest and out of the chicken house. I can't picture this. Mr. Rat walking on his hind legs carrying an egg. [​IMG] The last two days I got 2 eggs instead of only one. We're gaining on it. [​IMG]
     
  10. Chickkidd

    Chickkidd New Egg

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    Yes they are geound squirrels! I know it is them..and possibly the ravens are also helping out in the great egg hiest. I'm amazed they can get them from the box to the ground without breaking. I would love to set up a camera to catch them in the act.
     

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