Will rats hoard eggs???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BeaverBendFarm, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. BeaverBendFarm

    BeaverBendFarm New Egg

    Jul 20, 2015
    We have just added ducks to our flock (we have been raising chickens for ~3 years now); our ducks just recently started laying eggs. . .all the sudden I stopped finding duck eggs..

    I saw a little burrow under the hardware cloth at the base of our coop and I thought it might be from a rat. . .and the rat was getting my duck eggs since they laid the eggs on the ground instead of a nesting box above the ground. I filled the burrow and stacked heavy rocks around the are just to see what would happen and the burrow was opened back up the next day. . .a new burrow under the rocks. I went out tonight to peek under the coop and see if I could see anything living under there. . .lo and behold there was a stockpile of duck eggs under the coop.

    Now I wouldn't put it past the ducks to lay their eggs under the coop (they were laying them under the roost before they went missing), but I didn't think the burrow was anywhere near large enough for the ducks (although the female Fawn & White Indian Runners are pretty small and slender).

    So my question is. . .are my ducks just sneakier and more clever than I gave them credit for, or would a rat collect eggs, carry them under the coop, and pile them up to save them??? I didn't see any broken/eaten eggs, but it was dark and there isn't a lot of space under the coop so it was very hard to get a very accurate idea of what was going on. . .I will have to pull the hardware cloth off the bottom of the coop to retrieve the eggs and reinstall it afterward (don't worry I already have a plan to keep stuff from burrowing under in the future).

    Thanks for the help and input!!!
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    I thinks its the Rats.....We do not have Rats in Alberta but sounds like it could be your issue..?

    Good luck!
  3. BeaverBendFarm

    BeaverBendFarm New Egg

    Jul 20, 2015
    Bump for more input. . .
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    With a new burrow dug, I'd guess rodents.....yes, rodents will hoard/stash/cache food.

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