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post #1 of 17
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Hi everyone,

  So, i know that a lot of people put fake eggs or golfballs in there nest boxes to encourage and get your chickens to lay in the box.
My question is what age should you put in the fake? I was just worried if you put it in to early they would go into the nest box and start to peck it and possibly when they do start to lay, they would peck/eat their own eggs.?? hu
Thanks!


Edited by Leah and peeps - 8/11/10 at 7:56am
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post #2 of 17

I keep a pair of golf balls there all the time - so young ones just grow up seeing them.  It hasn't been a problem with pecking so far.

kat - wife to Tim, mom to 3 kiddos (DS 20, DD 18, & DD 15 - the 4H member)  Our flock is made up of Polish, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, a handful of brown egg layers, and we just added 5 Mottled Houdan chicks! - - avid quilter, canner, and homemaker :0)
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kat - wife to Tim, mom to 3 kiddos (DS 20, DD 18, & DD 15 - the 4H member)  Our flock is made up of Polish, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, a handful of brown egg layers, and we just added 5 Mottled Houdan chicks! - - avid quilter, canner, and homemaker :0)
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post #3 of 17

Most hens are not egg peckers, so try not to worry.

I use fake eggs in a number of places where my wayward free-rangers lay to encourage them to go back to that place,

Sandie

post #4 of 17

I use my "nest eggs" when my girls start getting careless and laying places they shouldn't... it kinda seems to remind them where they sould lay.

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post #5 of 17

I use golf balls/fake eggs.  Some people even use them to DISCOURAGE egg eating because the hens will peck at them and not get a reward, so they give it up. 

Good luck!

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post #6 of 17

My OP is that the wooden eggs that I use "discourage" them from egg eating. Once they hurt their beaks pecking at the fake egg they may figure all eggs are hard and will hurt their beaks. I keep the wooden eggs in the the nest 24/7.

Nest boxes should be small enough so they can't hang out and walk around. Also they should be dark inside. Hens like their privacy.

 2Sa 22:31

As for God, His way is perfect, the word of the Lord is tried:  He is a buckler to all them that trust in him. 
 
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 2Sa 22:31

As for God, His way is perfect, the word of the Lord is tried:  He is a buckler to all them that trust in him. 
 
Behind Every Successful RancherIs a Wife Who Works in Town
 
What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.  - Pine
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post #7 of 17

We have never used any type of fake eggs and my chickens lay in the nest boxes just fine.

Buehler's Fancy Friends..Home to numerous Grand Champion Mini Rex rabbits, Holland Lops and Netherland Dwarf's

2012  Convention top 10 Broken Mini Rex Sr Buck-open

A few fun chickens, 2 horses,2 dogs, 4 cats and Smoochie the Donkey!

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Buehler's Fancy Friends..Home to numerous Grand Champion Mini Rex rabbits, Holland Lops and Netherland Dwarf's

2012  Convention top 10 Broken Mini Rex Sr Buck-open

A few fun chickens, 2 horses,2 dogs, 4 cats and Smoochie the Donkey!

Girl Scout Cookies starting 12/24/12

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post #8 of 17

My pullets will be 4 months old next week.  Should I put fake eggs in their nest boxes now or wait?  And if I wait, how old do they need to be?  And also, can I use plastic colored easter eggs?

3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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post #9 of 17

Don't wait to put the fake eggs in the nest boxes.  If you use plastic Easter Eggs, fill them with sand and glue them shut, so they are at least as heavy as a real egg.  Otherwise the pullets will just kick 'em around like soccer balls and maybe even peck them open.   You do NOT want that to happen.

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Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by HBuehler 

We have never used any type of fake eggs and my chickens lay in the nest boxes just fine.


Well my guess would be your related to Martha Stewart. lol And of course her chickens are smarter than other chickens. lol


Edited by rancher hicks - 8/15/10 at 11:52am

 2Sa 22:31

As for God, His way is perfect, the word of the Lord is tried:  He is a buckler to all them that trust in him. 
 
Behind Every Successful RancherIs a Wife Who Works in Town
 
What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.  - Pine
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 2Sa 22:31

As for God, His way is perfect, the word of the Lord is tried:  He is a buckler to all them that trust in him. 
 
Behind Every Successful RancherIs a Wife Who Works in Town
 
What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.  - Pine
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