What critters are considered to be egg stealers? Ground Hog?

We've had chickens for close to 10 years. We've had very little issues other than hawks thus far. Recently, due to a fox, our totally free range chickens are now staying within the confines of a large fenced area with trees and weeds with access to their coop. We have been getting very few eggs this summer. We eliminated what we thought was the culprit, a rather large snake. Still hardly any eggs. We have recently been finding eggs whole and cracked/eaten in our pasture. The only animal we see around is a ground hog. I have never had issues with ground hogs before. Is this our egg stealer?

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  • DawnTreader
    DawnTreader Posts: 6 ✭✭✭

    Update! The culprit was another huge black snake! If we went out to collect eggs 3-4 times a day, we would have more eggs. If we were unable to do that we would only have 1-2 eggs if any at all. My son and I had the misfortune of collecting eggs today when the snake was. I certainly hope there are no more. Snakes un-nerve me.😐️

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,358 admin

    Well, it is good that you solved the mystery! 😊