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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:17 am 
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found this in the coop like it


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:19 am 
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coop looks like this, would a crow be smart enough to get this egg, and leave it in the coop, I found it behind the hashen bag


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:25 am 
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Oh yes, crows and magpies leave them looking about like that, and can work out entry through narrow gaps or hessian/strip plastic curtains. Also my small dog carefully makes the same size hole in an egg and takes out the contents, leaves a neat shell. But magpies are the main predator here (central Vic) for eggs and small chickens, much worse than crows.

Edit: don't rule out Noisy Miners if you have them around, they are building up badly here, destroy other small bird populations, blue wrens and such, and will steal everything fear nothing.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:32 pm 
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Unless you have an egg eater amongst your chooks, it does look like a crow (although possibly a rat or a lizard - If there is a rat you will find droppings) Unfortunately Crows are a highly intelligent bird and once they know where the eggs are, they are very hard to stop.
You will need to either make the run bird proof or beat the crow to the eggs. Do the hens lay in open nest boxes where the eggs can be seen? If so you could try replacing them with lawn mower catchers (openings facing away from the door) and maybe try to confuse the crow by changing the entrance

This worked for me


"Then there was a problem with the Currawongs taking the eggs so 'Chook Flaps were installed"



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