Egg Thief, Too Cocky For Its Own Good

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Egg Thief, Too Cocky For Its Own Good

Post by dinosaw » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:06 pm

We have been having problems with partially eaten eggs in the nest boxes recently, including one which the game had been sitting on, which sadly contained a chick. Obvious culprit was the magpies which have recently arrived and it has meant that we have had to shut the birds up for the first half of the day and the game for the whole day. Anyway, yesterday afternoon we had just let the birds out and were doing some bits and bobs when Mrs Dinosaw shouted excitedly to me, bloody magpie had decided to raid the Thuringians run with us in attendance. Shut the door behind it, went down and got the air rifle and that is one half of the duo gone, will be interesting to see if it's mate tries to pull the same stunt.
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Post by chrismahon » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:00 am

We used to have a lot of problems with Magpies Dinosaw, but never lost eggs because of the rubber matting in front of the nest boxes perhaps? One had the cheek to bully the bantams off their afternoon grain treat- it used to wait on the wall when it saw me going into the feed store. The last time it saw me I came out with an air rifle and made a perfect 30 metre shot! Essentially a good air rifle with scope became a necessity, particularly with daytime rats.

We have Magpies here, but they never go into the chicken enclosure, they just raid the sparrow nests and keep those pest numbers down.
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Re: Egg Thief, Too Cocky For Its Own Good

Post by dinosaw » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:17 am

I tried to give the Magpie to the cat, not interested, neither were the Red Kites, must taste horrible. Funny thing is she doesn't go for birds at all. She has brought back three rabbits though over the past fortnight which she stuffed herself silly with. Imagine how many rabbits they would have made by next year had they bred!!
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Post by Minorcafan » Tue May 16, 2017 5:16 pm

dinosaw wrote:I tried to give the Magpie to the cat, not interested, neither were the Red Kites, must taste horrible. Funny thing is she doesn't go for birds at all. She has brought back three rabbits though over the past fortnight which she stuffed herself silly with. Imagine how many rabbits they would have made by next year had they bred!!
Must be a large cat that you have. :mrgreen: Our cat is scared of rabbits but is great at killing mice. :D
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Post by RichmondHens » Tue May 16, 2017 6:30 pm

Magpies are a real pain. The best deterrent to stop them raiding the hen houses is to hang a dead one on a pole about 3 feet from the pophole, that tends to put the rest of the family (of magpies!) off. The hens don't seem to mind and enjoy any maggots that drop from the corpse!
And to encourage other magpies down to be shot you can use a Larsen trap (which I'm sure you know) or just a dead magpie in a puppy cage or similar on the lawn. They are so territorial they just have to have a look at the "newcomer" that is sitting in their territory.
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Post by dinosaw » Tue May 16, 2017 7:15 pm

Minorcafan wrote:Must be a large cat that you have. Our cat is scared of rabbits but is great at killing mice.
She is not that big really, takes her a day and a half and quite a few sittings to eat them, though I notice she still hassles us for food in between.
RichmondHens wrote:Magpies are a real pain. The best deterrent to stop them raiding the hen houses is to hang a dead one on a pole about 3 feet from the pophole, that tends to put the rest of the family (of magpies!) off. The hens don't seem to mind and enjoy any maggots that drop from the corpse!
You know we wondered whether that would work, decided nah probably not and didn't bother. Useful to know it does work after all. Luckily no more problems or sightings. First time we've seen them in three years here, maybe because there is a big colony of crows in the field next door.
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Re: Egg Thief, Too Cocky For Its Own Good

Post by Marigold » Tue May 16, 2017 7:43 pm

If you do Facebook, Tim's recently posted a lovely bit of video on the Poultrykeeper page, showing a magpie actually getting in to one of his nestboxes and flying off with an egg.
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Post by RichmondHens » Wed May 17, 2017 1:19 pm

Quite a few years ago I invested in a set of different sized fake eggs to use to encourage broodiness. The bantam sized ones were all stolen by magpies within a couple of days. Bet they weren't so happy when they tried to eat them!
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Re: Egg Thief, Too Cocky For Its Own Good

Post by dinosaw » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:48 pm

Taking the cat's example to heart, Mrs Dinosaw managed to catch a rabbit herself tonight, with her bare hands!. No disrespect to my wife's speed and agility but as you can imagine this particular bunny wasn't in the greatest nick, suffering from Myxamotosis. Possibly why we haven't been seeing quite as many of them around here of late as we're used to.
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Post by LadyA » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:59 pm

I used to have a tom cat that was a fantastic rabbit hunter. And he would eat the whole thing in one sitting. Unfortunately, when he was about five, he had to have a colonectomy, and after that, although he still hunted as much as ever, and still ate them, he wasn't actually able for them! :-)03 I would regularly find regurgitated rabbit decorating the garden. And one memorable time, he puked up everything, as it had gone down, on the outside of the kitchen windowsill! Ooh, that was gross in the extreme!
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