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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cynthia12, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    golf balls to put in the next to get the girls interested in a nest box? It worked for my last flock, thinking it's time to try that again. I have a couple that need to get on the...ahem>>>ball! [​IMG] I want an egg or two![​IMG]
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I've never used them..but folks say that they work good!
    I just use plastic easter eggs...
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I've used them before, but now I always have older hens to show the younger hens "the way of the nestbox".
     
  4. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    Quote:That's a good idea...I just read somewhere else here, that some use hard boiled eggs. I'm afraid they might want to eat those? Do you use colored plastic eggs?? And that works? That's a cute idea. I can just see my grand kids running in from the coop yelling, grandma, there's a purple, pink, green, and yellow egg out there! [​IMG]
     
  5. tcates

    tcates Out Of The Brooder

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    My golf ball is covered in chick poo right now! Guess they are telling me they don't buy it LOL
     
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    sprawli Out Of The Brooder

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    I did that with mine, and it worked like a charm! What's funny is when they go broody and sit on the golf balls like they are going to hatch them! [​IMG]
     
  7. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried using the plastic, colored eggs, but they were so lightweight that they just kicked them out of the nest boxes. Since that time, I have been using golf balls with great success. Right now I have a broody sitting on four eggs, and a pink and a purple golf ball. I guess I will have to sneak those out of there if she actually hatches out a few chicks.
     
  8. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Worked perfect for us with our newly laying pullets!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The plastic Easter eggs work great for me. I just put a good sized
    rock inside each one and it ends up being the right weight.
    I have one in each of the four nest boxes. I tried taking them out
    and everyone will go lay in the same box. Seems they like laying
    in a box with an egg. This keeps them spaced out and using all the
    boxes.
     
  10. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a fake egg in the nest box only 4 chicken 1 nest the adult hen and 1 pullet were using it the other 2 pullet were going in with the 1st girl when she was laying so. I thought yea they know where to lay. How wrong I was the 3rd pullet decided to lay somewhere else and the 1st pullet followed her
     

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