I do believe I have a dilemma. I’ve been having a mystery in the chicken coop.
There’s been an unidentified perpetrator destroying eggs. The first suspects were the young roosters. Over time, the circle of life dismissed the roosters from the suspect list. That left the one young hen, as I didn’t think my tried and true hens would break that confidence.
I locked up the hen in a dog crate, where she layed her own tiny eggs, but left them undamaged… And I still had few eggs.
Other suspects? Skunk? Raccoon?
No tracks in the snow.
Now along the way, there’s been an innocent or two… Eden, who enters the coop to snitch a snack of frozen chicken poo as a treat in the morning. I don’t believe she even knows about the eggs. The cat, who picks at the scraps, completely ignores the baby chicks, and occasionally has even spent the night in the coop!
I just couldn’t get enough clues.
I dismissed Eden, because she can only get in the coop when I’m there.
The young hen sure didn’t bother her own egg when locked up with it.
All I had was a very fat cat and a mystery.
Since the cat is about of age, my initial thought was that she was pregnant. It’s been too long, though, and she never grew bigger. I began to question her innocence.
The past two days, with this deep snow, I’ve kept the chickens locked in their coop. I’ve collected undamaged eggs each day.
Initially, I would find cracked eggshells and slime in the nestboxes. Now, the eggs just disappear with no trace.
My conclusion of this lengthy investigation?
Initially, the young roosters began the cannibalizing of the eggs. As they each disappeared into the stewpot, the frequency diminished. Along comes the cat, enters the tiny door, and cleans up the cracked eggs. The roosters are no longer available to crack open the shells, but entire eggs disappeared.
I couldn’t hardly believe a cat could swallow an entire egg… But either she does, or hauls them off somewhere to devour them. That explains her distended belly.
So, what’s your opinion? Have you ever heard of an egg stealing cat? Should I set up my GoPro to catch her in the act? And even more importantly, how can I let my chickens out, without letting that cat IN???