Whats eating my eggs?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CDennis, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. CDennis

    CDennis Songster

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    I live in Idaho, I have noticed recently that a few of my chicken eggs have been opened and eaten (leaving the shell). I don't think the chickens are doing this as normally they do not mess with whole eggs. My chickens are free range and roost/nest in my barn w/ goats. I have never lost one to a predator. What could be eating eggs but not harming my chickens. I have never seen snakes around my property. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

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    Sounds like the calling card of a Skunk. Vermin such as rats and mice will usually open a small hole to get to the insides of the egg. And snakes leave no shell behind.
     
  3. CDennis

    CDennis Songster

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    Will a skunk hurt my chickens?
     
  4. threehorses

    threehorses Songster

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    Possums will do this, too. And they will definitely bring disease and death to your coop. I don't know about skunks - I just have them hauled off by wildlife guys. The possums are a different matter.
     
  5. rufus

    rufus Crowing

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    My money is on a skunk or house cat.

    Rufus
     
  6. CDennis

    CDennis Songster

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    House cat? Really?
     

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