I was gutted to find my neighbours stealing eggs from my Eglu yesterday morning. Eggs have been going astray on and off for around 4 months now. I thought at first that something was wrong with my girls, Dorothy and Margaret, but their diet is great, they are very healthy, they free range in my garden during the day and are very much loved. I had found the back of their Eglu Go unlocked on a couple of occasions but put it down to me not being careful enough at clipping it in. Then one day I found a nest underneath a bush in the garden, it had around 15 eggs in it! So I continued to be puzzled as to why they had moved out but just put it down to their quirky nature and started to collect my eggs from there every day.
A couple of weeks ago I came home and went to collect the eggs from the bushy nest and saw that the plants around it had been trodden down and there were no eggs. I put this down to my cats. Perhaps they had jumped in there whilst playing? It bothered me for sometime as I think I knew a cat couldn't compress the leaves like that and they get on well with the chooks.
But then yesterday as I was brushing my teeth I heard next door's kid say 'I've got to get the eggs' so I ran to the window and saw him climbing over my fence and the back of my eglu open. Myself and my husband confronted his mother who was still sleeping. She made up a lie that he had gone out an hour previously (do 12 year olds go out at 6.50am on a Sunday morning?!) We then heard the lad and his friend inside the house from within ours. She knocked at the door a bit later saying that she'd retrieved the boys from her 'friends house'. She point blank defended them and they'd made up a story about finding a frog. Yeah, right. I believe that she is fully aware and involved in the eggs thefts.
Has anyone experienced this?
I don't know what to do. They are council tenants and I have reported it to the council (awaiting a response) and I'm already keeping a diary regarding other anti social behaviours of theirs. I'm terrified that my ladies have been man handled by the kids whilst trying to lay on both the nest in the eglu and now in the bushes and I've not had eggs for days. It makes me sick to my stomach that I am providing my chickens with a good life and someone could be mistreating them.
I'm getting a CCTV camera and the hubs and I will put a high trelice at the problematic point of our Victorian garden wall but we can't do that until at least Saturday.
Thanks for listening.