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Kommando



Joined: 17 Jan 2011
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Location: Ayrshire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 3:33 pm    Post subject: Eggs being stolen even the false ones Reply with quote
    

Got 7 hens who are locked up overnight in an enclosure with a coop, during the day the enclosure is opened and they are free to roam which they do. They are hand me down Black Rocks and went into moult last oct and started coming back into lay on Jan 1st. I put 3 golf balls in the nest box to train them where to lay but they dissappeared, not sure how many hens eggs have gone missing but there are no signs of broken egg shells in the coop or the enclosure. Yesterday mid morning I put 2 new false eggs in after collecting 3 eggs, this morning I collected an egg and the 2 false eggs were still there and later a hen went in to lay so left it undistrubed for couple of hours. When I went back there were no hens eggs and no false ones either. We are in the middle of the countryside and have lots of wildlife about, any ideas on how to protect the eggs without the hens losing access to the garden and fields.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have had pot eggs knicked by badgers before.

chez



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've heard that hanging a chain down in front of the pop-hole can put a badger or fox or magpie or whatever off from going through it - they are intelligent enough to think 'Oh, that's odd, it might be a trap'. Never tried it myself, though.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Crows would be my best bet.

We have a golf course about a mile from us and we find golf balls abandoned all over our place. The crows drop them from a great height when they realise that the yolks on them and not in what they think are eggs.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

crows maybe ,magpies maybe ,dog ?

Kommando



Joined: 17 Jan 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Crows makes sense, have loads of them about and if we are not about they are in the garden eating the bird food on the floor underneath the feeders. Just put a false egg in a rat trap next to the coop door, hens can't get into it, wonder if a crow could.

Don't have any badgers locally but do have grey tree rats and foxes, too far away from neighbours for dogs so that just leaves the sheep

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sheep are capable of anything

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
sheep are capable of anything


Sheep are mad.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

and bad and dangeroos to know

corvids seems likely

matt_hooks



Joined: 01 Aug 2010
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Location: Lambourn(ish) Berkshire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If you want a bit of pure escapism, I recommend the film "Black Sheep" it's utterly brilliant!

Back on topic, it sounds like it's got to be something winged! I'd suggest the chickens might be eating their own eggs, but I can't see them chowing down on golf balls!

Kommando



Joined: 17 Jan 2011
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Location: Ayrshire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Working on crows being the culprit so a inflatable toy 3 ft tall is going in the enclosure tomorrow hanging from the roof plus a cover on the full sized door to leave a hen sized gap on the bottom, if that fails its a human sized cardboard cutout.

Will have to wait until April and the sheep are gone before risking 'Black Sheep' looks scary !!!! LOL

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i've heard of squirrels nicking pot eggs, along with real ones

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

possible

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 11 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

colour it green wrote:
i've heard of squirrels nicking pot eggs, along with real ones

Ditto, & rats will.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 11 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Tavascarow wrote:
colour it green wrote:
i've heard of squirrels nicking pot eggs, along with real ones

Ditto, & rats will.


yes thats true -rats take the eggs off whole..

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