Can I use Hardboiled Real Eggs to Fake Hens Out?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lshipes14, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. lshipes14

    lshipes14 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just purchased a hen that will lay easter egg colored eggs if you put colored eggs in with her. I was going to get plastic eggs, but what about hardboiled eggs from the grocery store that I dye? Anyone try faking their hens out with real hardboiled eggs? Golfballs don't work with mine yet. Thanks!!
     
  2. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No a real boiled egg would encourage the behaviour as they are tasty! I would get some wooden eggs (livestock store or Michael's craft store painted with non toxic paint)
     
  3. lshipes14

    lshipes14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Smoochie! I was thinking they might try to snack on it - good to know.
     
  4. sebocat

    sebocat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a golf ball because it was what I had. Ping pong ball would work, too.

    On egg colors, I'm pretty sure a hen lays what it lays, putting colored things under her wont change what color she lays. A green layer might have slight difference in shade, but she produces the same pigment essentially.
     
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