Do I still use the ceramic eggs after they lay?

Steflily

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We have a ceramic egg in each of our two nesting boxes to show them where to go. Now that one of our three chickens layed their first egg, should I keep the ceramic eggs in there or remove them? We got our first egg today. The other two have not started laying eggs yet.
Thanks so much for the advice!
 

aart

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I would leave them in - it doesn't do any harm to keep them in there, but removing them can cause birds to decide the site is no longer safe for laying.
Ditto Dat!

I leave one fake egg in each nest all the time, for 7 years now.
It can help 'spread the love'.
 

GC-Raptor

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As Rosemarythyme said:
As aart said; I leave a ceramic in each nest.
I have also put 2 fake eggs in less popular or unused nest boxes to encourage laying there.
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5 out of 7 laid in this unpopular nest when I added another fake. White eggs are fake.
No broody breeds here; Red sex-links, Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds. GC
 

B-Goock

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Only issues with leaving them in would be people collecting them with the real eggs.
Our youngest has done this many times. We have some people come check our chickens while we go on a trip. Their payment is all the eggs they want. They too have collected the fake eggs. What's even funnier is they hardboiled the fakes and once they realized they are fake thought we played a trick on them. I had to show them on here what they are used for. :lau
 

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