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boiled eggs as "fake"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DrCB, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. DrCB

    DrCB Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2015
    I read the threads concerning using golf balls and other items as fake eggs to encourage hens as to where to lay.

    My hens are approx. 25 weeks old and have yet to lay. I am considering the use of a boiled egg in a nest box - will this suffice as a fake egg? I don't intend to let it stay there and rot, but just serve as encouragement as to where to lay.

    Do you advise the use of a boiled egg as a fake?

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I wouldn't, they could get cracked easy and get eaten, then you will have egg eaters.
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Unfortunately there is no way to know how long you will need the "bait" in the nest, so using artificial items is best, imo, to avoid the issues of breakage, etc.

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