This mystery has been plaguing us all season long. We have nest boxes laid out in several places, and have scoured the chicken pen to look for hidden nests. Still, we have only been getting 2-3 eggs every day. With our current 10 hens, we should be getting at least 7-8 on most days. Some of the eggs had holes in them, so we started to suspect one of the hens might have been eating eggs.
Then, the other night, my husband went out after dark to feed. Usually we are out there in the daylight, but we were late this day. Just a few minutes later, he came rushing back in the house. While reaching in for the eggs, he heard a rustling near the nest boxes. He pulled his hand out and looked inside, where he saw the little button nose of a skunk.
So all this time, we have been getting eggs, but we were too slow to collect them! That little skunk had found himself quite the daily feast. After many months of head-scratching, the mystery of the eggless chickens has now been solved, and thankfully, no people were sprayed in the telling of this tale.