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What ate my eggs? #8011299 10/15/20 06:25 PM
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I have about 12 hens, that are free range, they can go anywhere they want and are not penned at night. They sleep about 6 feet up in an open hen house. Some of these hens are up to 8 years old. We went on a trip for a week, left a feeder and plenty of water tubs, we came home to 4 nests full of eggs, 8-12 each. I threw away 3 nests and left one in case one of the hens decided to start sitting. The next morning, 11 or 12 eggs were gone from the coop, the hay was not disturbed, no shells, no yolks or signs of any broken eggs. None of the hens has ever been harmed. And I live in the middle of a subdivision surrounded by 6 Ft privacy fences. What could take 11 or 12 jumbo eggs away, not disturb the nest or the chickens and not break a single egg? I am pending borrowing a game cam from my buddy this weekend. Any guesses?

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Chicken snake aka texas rat snake.


"Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god."

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Originally Posted by ntxtrapper
Chicken snake aka texas rat snake.




Yep


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Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: Jamoke] #8011311 10/15/20 06:30 PM
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Rat Snake?


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Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: ntxtrapper] #8011313 10/15/20 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ntxtrapper
Chicken snake aka texas rat snake.


x4 - look for piles of calcium (digested shells) in nearby shed/woodpile, etc.

capture (intact) and relocate gently.

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snake can eat 10 eggs per

Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: Jamoke] #8011317 10/15/20 06:33 PM
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I had 6 hens and one of them went rogue and started eating the eggs. She left no signs. One day I was out mowing and 5 hens were with me so I went to look for #6. She was in the coop scarfing down the eggs. Well she sure made a fine meal.


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Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: Jamoke] #8011320 10/15/20 06:35 PM
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They will gobble them up even if the chicken stays on the eggs.

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Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: Jamoke] #8011324 10/15/20 06:36 PM
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Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: Jamoke] #8011329 10/15/20 06:38 PM
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I kill every rat snake I see. Texas quail already have enough issues without the finest egg eating machine ever created decimating their nests.


"Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god."

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Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: hook_n_line] #8011333 10/15/20 06:41 PM
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I think it could be a snake, my hens always have food, and they could have eaten eggs from any one of the nests, and they are not very clean when an egg breaks, every other egg in the nest gets junked up. Thanks everyone!!

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Bull frog

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Originally Posted by Hudbone
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He likes his scrambled in a tortilla with salsa.


"To thine own self be true." William Shakespeare
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Originally Posted by ntxtrapper
They will gobble them up even if the chicken stays on the eggs.

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I'm more chicken than that chicken.


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Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.


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One of your neighbors may have stolen your eggs.


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Golf balls.

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Originally Posted by Txhunter65
Golf balls.


I remember seeing light bulbs in the nests at Grandma's house.


Sometimes it's hard being me! But somebody has to do it.
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There is a very fat healthy rat snake not far from those nests I would bet.


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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.


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Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: skinnerback] #8012343 10/16/20 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by skinnerback
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Bull frog



He likes his scrambled in a tortilla with salsa.



up roflmao


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Bull frog



He likes his scrambled in a tortilla with salsa.


Just got a PM & that's just Bull.Frog said he likes his with flies... food
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Re: What ate my eggs? [Re: hook_n_line] #8012752 10/16/20 07:49 PM
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Eggsactly! eek2

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Eggsactly! eek2


rofl I see what you did there.


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Put a couple glass eggs in the nests and the snakes will die.

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Reading this is eggciting!

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Man I hate snakes

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