What would steal an egg AND a golf ball?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rolffamily, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. rolffamily

    rolffamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To make a long story short, I put a (marked) egg into the nest box so the pullets knew where to lay. The next day there was a new egg but the marked egg was gone without a trace. I put a golf ball there instead and two days later the golf ball is gone, although there were 2 new eggs. I am in NE Wisconsin. What critter is causing me grief? And no, the dog could not get in.
     
  2. bigshoes213

    bigshoes213 Out Of The Brooder

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    My first thought would be a snake. I hope not though. I wish yoyu good luck solving the mystery though.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I think snake too..
     
  4. rolffamily

    rolffamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's too late in the season for snakes in Wisconsin. My first thought was that the chickens ate the egg, but I don't think they can get far with the golf ball.
     
  5. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a hen who would steal the eggs in the next door nesting box when she was trying to go broody. It was hilarious to watch.. .
    HOWEVER, the egg and golf balls would still be there -- - - just in a different box than they started off in !
     
  6. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whatever it is its going to have one heck of a belly ache! Cant wait to see what you find out!
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My guesses were a snake OR a silkie. I've heard of a silkie rolling an egg across the yard after her owner "stole" it from her.
     
  8. Firebomb_k

    Firebomb_k Out Of The Brooder

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    Children.....I know children will do that......the egg alone I would say was a chicken but I know kids cant resist golfballs.
     
  9. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    sometimes my chickens will toss an egg or whatever out of the nesting box,and will bury it in the shavings.
     
  10. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have pack rats there? They will steal anything.
     

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