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Wednesday, 3 June 2009

missing eggs

Yesterday I was a little confused ( doesn't take much these days ) ! I had been watching one of my hens' who had been laying in the hedge , and gradually others had been following over a number of days . I knew where the nest was , and every couple of days I collected all the eggs - so far so good , until yesterday . I went to collect the eggs , there should have been 8 or so , but instead there was 1. I looked around , but could find no trace , so I concluded that a magpie or crow had also found the nest .

Today , I went to the nest and caught the culprit in the act - one of my warrens was chomping her way through the eggs !! Now I have a problem - once an egg eater always an egg eater , I shall have to confine everyone to barracks until I solve the problem!

3 comments:

Claire said...

Put a bunch of plastic or ceramic eggs in the spot for a while. The culprit may get tired of not being able to eat the eggs. Or, apparently, one can blow out the shells and fill them with hot mustard. I have heard this will dissuade an egg eater.

Suzanne said...

Thanks Claire , I did try the mustard trick on the magpies a couple of years back , but the whole thing was so messy that I am thinking of it as a last resort!

Suzanne said...

Thanks Claire , I did try the mustard trick on the magpies a couple of years back , but the whole thing was so messy that I am thinking of it as a last resort!