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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject: Hens Reply with quote

An odd thing happened when I was on holiday. The hens were laying and the brown eggs were collected every day but the small white fancy hens eggs were left in the nest just in case she would sit on them and hatch them out.
One morning there were 7 eggs in the nest and in the afternoon only two eggs were left in the nest with no evidence of egg shells!
No other person had been near the hen house so it wasnt a 'human' who had stolen the eggs. A hedgehog had been seen in the area and my son thinks it could possibly be the hedgehog who is stealing the eggs??
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy,

That is strange if you did not see anyone about the place - can a hedgehog carry an egg in it's paws or mouth? Or do they eat shells and all?

Any why just those eggs and not the others?

Were the hens upset, like a predator being around - then it would have to be something non-threatening.

Keep us up on the mystery.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange! I so far removed from chickens thee days all I remember is that Rhode Island reds lay brown eggs. I think!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right Gil they do lay brown eggs and oneof the brown eggs went missing too but usually they ciollect the brown ones.
The hens weren't upset at all.
Any eggs laid the nest boxes now are being collected and whatever it is that is taking them , hopefully once they dont fiond a regular supply may go away--

The other things that do eat eggs are snakes and rats but the only thing that has been noticed near the hens is a hedgehog
Will keep yu informed
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just hope the thief stops with the eggs and leaves the hens alone as they are too costly to loose!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your right there Gil I was surprised at the prices paid for the hens. I felt they should be laying golden eggs. They really are lovely though and becoming quite tame.
I think some were lost before but it was thought that a fox had got in but someone witnessed a buzzard taking one. Now there are all sorts of 'things' around the hen enclosure to frighten big perditors away just hope they work.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was told tonight that a hedgehog was seen wondering around in the hen enclosure so it was caught and taken away to another area away from the hens. I was also on the internet tonight and found an interessting article that said the hens themselves could be eating the eggs (especailly if they are young hens)and when they start doing that they leave no trace of egg shells and it seems its difficult to get them to stop, another thing was suggested that a golf ball was placed in the nest. si its just a case of waiting to see if it was the hedgehog.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy, Your last post refreshed my mind as I now remember friends with laying hens said you had to watch young hens.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far no more eggs have gone missing so it will be a case of just waiting. I only hope it wasnt the hens themselves it did say in that article that a little bit of the top part of their 'beak' could be cut and it would stop them being able to break the shell of the egg -- bit drastic I think!
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