I just love chickens and my family loves chickens, but I have a big problem with crows stealing eggs from my chicken house.
We’ve raised chickens for years. Originally I bought some chooks for the kids and we found that we all loved keeping chooks. So I had to get to work, build a chicken house to keep them in and build a much bigger yard. Originally I only got two chickens but now we have about 15.
There’s something special about having your own chickens. Mine get out from the chicken yard every day because the fence isn’t very high and they just fly over when they want to. This isn’t a problem because at night to fly back over the fence and go back into the chicken coop to sleep.
I’ve been asked why I don’t lose my chickens to a fox, but I’m not silly. I put a wire with an electric current all around the bottom of the fence around the chicken yard and this works extremely well to keep foxes out. Foxes don’t like an electric fence.
And one of the best things about keeping chickens is the eggs. I just like fresh eggs and the ones that I get from my chickens taste much better than those you buy in the supermarket.
However I encountered a problem about a year ago when a whole bunch of crows moved into my garden. Initially it was nice seeing more birds in the garden however after a while my supply of eggs from my chickens seemed to stop. Eventually I worked out that a crow was taking the eggs from inside the chicken house. It was walking in the door picking up the eggs in its beak and flying away and eating them.
Initially I couldn’t work out how a crow could carry an egg until I actually saw one doing it. It seems that their beak is strong enough to hold an egg while they are flying.
Fortunately however it seems that they have stopped stealing my eggs. Now I am getting 8 or 10 eggs a day every day. This is more than we can eat so I can even sell some to my neighbours. I get $4 for a box of eggs.
So that’s the story at my chickens and the crows stealing the eggs from my chicken house.
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