Do ceramic eggs actually work?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Arztwolf, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. Arztwolf

    Arztwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking of buying some to see if my Buff Orp, Biscuit, might lay in a place where I can actually find her eggs.[​IMG] She will not lay while caged (no matter the size of the coop) and I have no clue where she is hiding them.
    Has anyone had luck with ceramic eggs?
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I just use a golf ball in each nesting box...much cheaper! I take it your girl is free-ranging so you don't know exactly where she's laying (?) She most probably has a pile of eggs going by now..yikes! What you can do is watch "chicken TV" .. yep! Track the little devil! Just sit and watch what she does during the day...if you're sneaky enough she'll lead you right to it! [​IMG]
     
  3. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put both a ceramic egg and a golf ball in each of my two nesting boxes. This was long before anyone started laying eggs. I can't say for sure if it helped or not, but my girls who free range all day do go back into the coop and lay their eggs in the nesting box. It couldn't hurt.
     
  4. NC118

    NC118 Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome NC
    I went by the craft store and got some wooden eggs. Golf balls didn't with my hens but the wooden eggs did.
     
  5. Arztwolf

    Arztwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried "Chicken TV", but she is super smart and caught on to what I was doing. This is the hen from hell, even if I watch her from a window, she will just stare at me. I watched her from a distance one day for 3 HOURS and she waited until I went inside to lay her egg somewhere. She does not have an egg schedule and once laid one in the middle of the night. [​IMG] Heard her clucking, went out and found an egg.

    I'll try the golf ball idea, thanks.
     
  6. Arztwolf

    Arztwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I finally found where she was laying them: in a bag of cedar shavings. [​IMG] The eggs where perfectly camouflaged. I put a golf ball in there in hopes she continues.
     
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    YAY!! [​IMG] At least you know where she's laying now!!
     
  8. Arztwolf

    Arztwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now she thinks all small round/oblong objects are "hers" and most defend beak and claw.[​IMG]

    The feral cats are confused as to why a chicken is attacking them over a pebble.
     
  9. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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  10. Just sayin

    Just sayin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We didn't have any golf balls or ceramic eggs, so we found some equivalent egg sized rocks and put those in the nests the first few weeks. They all started laying in the nests! :)
     

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