Whodunnit?

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Whodunnit?

Post by Henwife » 24 Jan 2014, 10:34

My unfenced bantams, all 11 of them, sleep in four different houses and lay in a fifth. This is on scaffold poles about 18" from the ground so they have to fly up to the pophole. In each of the two nestboxes is a golf ball and a small rubber egg. I collect their eggs in the evening when I shut their houses. The other evening, both rubber eggs were missing, but eggs & golf balls in place. I don't shut this house at night, so assume the rubber eggs were removed then, but whodunnit?
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Re: Whodunnit?

Post by drfish » 24 Jan 2014, 10:45

Maybe a big crow or something, getting a little confused? :grin:
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Re: Whodunnit?

Post by subruss » 24 Jan 2014, 13:27

They have just been pushed out of nest box and being rubber bounce off to who knows where :)

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Re: Whodunnit?

Post by subruss » 24 Jan 2014, 13:30

During the chicken world tennis competition one of your bantams has hit them over the fence :)

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Re: Whodunnit?

Post by Lindsay » 24 Jan 2014, 14:59

Rats? Perhaps the rubber eggs were lighter than the laid ones, and they took the easy option.

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Re: Whodunnit?

Post by Henwife » 24 Jan 2014, 16:18

The rubber eggs are heavier than the real ones. There is a deep lip to the nest boxes, but even if they had managed to chuck out from both nestboxes on the same night, the eggs should have been caught under the floor perches, and there is another lip at the pophole. I've never known crows going after eggs at night - I have had them thieving in daylight from houses where they can stand at the pophole and look in - and athletic rats are an outside possibility, though they're not usually stupid. I fancy he idea of tennis playing birds myself - the eggs have a most erratic bounce.
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Re: Whodunnit?

Post by drfish » 24 Jan 2014, 16:41

It would be like a Benny Hill sketch, watching them all chasing after a bouncy ball that's randomly changing direction :lol:
Giving power to politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to a teenage boy - P. J. O'Rourke (thanks Jessie)

It's amazing that people can believe everything is predestined but they still look both ways when crossing the road - Stephen Hawking

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