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Where have the eggs gone..

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by secuono, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Virginia
    Well...I got 2 eggs a day back a little while before when my Momma went broody. Then a new hen started laying while Momma was broody, so still 2 eggs a day, would of been 3 but there was a broody.
    Now that Momma has hatched the eggs and is inside...1 egg a day. Last 2-3 days no eggs at all!
    I've checked around the yard, but I see nothing...
    Are they hiding them real well or just not laying??
    Should I lock them up for a bit?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    My guess would be an egg thief. Snake, rat, skunk, weasel, etc., etc. Or a broody has hidden the clutch she is saving up well.
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If they are free ranging they are probably hiding them. They're jealous of mama broody and don't want you stealing their eggs [​IMG]
     
  4. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Virginia
    Broody has been in the house with her hatched chicks for 2 weeks. They were laying until a week ago.

    I found an egg today, in a bare wood box. It was raining and lightening, so I left them all locked up until I got home. But only one egg and it's a little off. Bottom is very round, but then goes up to a point, like a water droplet, just not as elongated.

    I'll check around the yard some more. As for something eating them, wouldn't there be evidence of it eventually?
     
  5. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Virginia
    Found them! I was cleaning up some crap and happened to spot something white under some wood!
    Nest of 17 eggs! Left 2 in there, since its a great spot and I've caught my barred Roo dust bathing in the bucket nests.
    So, 15 eggs are in the bator, it would of been 16, but I dropped the odd egg I found this morning....its odd shape did it in.
     

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