Chenault Bridge Road, Danville, Boyle County, KY 40422, USA
We found lone egg exactly like this one in our garden. My mom hit it with her shovel while she was digging and it cracked in half. I checked the texture of the shell and they’re too large and not circular enough to be a turtle egg and they were not leathery like a snake egg. I’m 98% sure it’s a Wild Turkey egg, but I wish I knew what kept stealing the eggs and where the nest was! Anybody have any ideas on who the nest predator might be? The egg I found today was whole, with no signs of damage, except the stench was unmistakeable. There is no way it’s still viable. Whatever the predator is prefers to bury its prey in loose dirt. I’m completely baffled! Please help!
Hi, Common nest predators include raccoons, foxes, snakes, and plenty of others. This is likely the work of a mammal but it’s going to be hard to predict which one is the culprit specifically without witnessing the animal in action. That being said, it’s also possible that these were buried some times ago (even weeks)- because the eggs have a bad smell, I think it’s likely that this is the case.
The first egg we found (the cracked one) didn’t have a bad smell, but the second one (which was whole) did.
Ooo… I just found poop by the first burial site that had pieces of eggshell in it. I think it was coyote poop. I’ll try to post a picture if it’s still there.