Do you really need to put a fake egg in the nest box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hegatha, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Hegatha

    Hegatha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember growing up we used to put a fake egg in the nesting box to get them to lay. Is this really nessecary? Or will they lay on there own?
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    All the fake egg does is show them where to lay, or that you want them to lay the eggs in that box...It will not "MAKE" them lay...only mother nature can do that...lol
     
  3. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Quote:Might be a good idea for them to get to understand that is what the nesting boxes are for. I put in the nesting boxes this past Monday and added 2 golf balls per nest. The next morning one of the chickens was nesting in the box. They pick up the idea quickly. Now, if they would only start to lay...
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fake eggs are also good when these guys show up>[​IMG]
     
  5. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Yeeeoooow! What a large snake. Looks like he found what he was after. Would have been nice if the yellow extension cord would have scared him off. The cord was the first thing I saw and said, "what a long snake!" Need that extra cup of coffe to get the brain into high gear.
     

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