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Egg collecting question!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kimberlycarol, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. kimberlycarol

    kimberlycarol New Egg

    Dec 2, 2008
    san diego, CA
    This may be a stupid question, but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere! Maybe you all just automatically know this stuff, but for a city girl...
    I got my first egg yesterday! By the sound of my big girl out there, I am getting a second one right about now [​IMG] Question is, if I take them both will she freak out on me or stop laying in the box? Should I leave an empty nest, or should I always leave an egg in there? Or golf balls or something? I was so tempted to take that one yesterday, but I refrained and now don't know what to do! Thank you!!

  2. bethandjoeync

    bethandjoeync Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Iron Station, NC
    we bought a pack of 12 plastick 'practice' golf balls for less than $2 and they seem to do the trick. the girls will gather them and sit on them, then lay their egg and be done with it. I gather what few eggs I get (I only have 4 hens) and they don't really know the difference. maybe a pro has more to add

    and CONGRATS!! on the 1st egg!!!
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009
  3. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Just take them, and frequently. Leave wooden eggs, golf balls or I even have a few roundish rocks in there. Don't know if it makes a difference but hey, WHATEVER. Have fun. New egg everyday is like finding the "x" in a treasure hunt!
  4. kimberlycarol

    kimberlycarol New Egg

    Dec 2, 2008
    san diego, CA
    Thank you for the replies! It being easter time, I will grab a few plastic eggs and throw them in there before I collect the new eggs. (Two now!! Small, but perfect [​IMG])
  5. moosenbudda

    moosenbudda Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2009
    So. cali
  6. woodward farms

    woodward farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2007
    northwest indiana
    i collect my eggs and keep nest box empty, never had problems with missplaced eggs or a shut down of production.

    she knew here to lay them to start with and will keep laying there she knows best.

    i think that keeping a nest full just promotes a broody hen but that is just my thinking

    and i been called a bird brain more then once in my life...?
  7. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    deming new mexico
    :welcomecongrats and welcome
  8. Marion

    Marion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    I agree with Woodward Farms... I collect the eggs daily and leave the nests empty and the hens never slowed down on the laying a bit... plus none seemed to go broody at all.
  9. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    Hi! [​IMG] Congrats on your first egg!! My son read your post, and he said that if you leave the eggs, your hen might go broody on you. Then it would depend if you wanted babies or not. LOL [​IMG]
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Nope, I've purposely put eggs back in the nest trying to encourage broodiness. I have a breed that's known to be a fairly good brooder. It doesn't work. [​IMG]
    Nothing's gonna make them go broody until they get darn good and ready. Believe me, I've tried everything.

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