Egg in nest to'encourage' laying

Oz Chook

Chirping
12 Years
Nov 11, 2007
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Western Australia
I have a 7 month old Light Sussex and a 7 month old Araucana. Neither have produced a single solitary egg yet
I posted about a month ago and still nothing. They seem to look in the nesting box a lot, just like I look at holiday brochures a lot.... LOL

I've put a store bought egg in their nest this morning to show them that this is fact what it is for (I read on another post to give it a try, sounded funny, but thought anything is worth a shot!), how long should I leave it there?
 

skeeter

Songster
12 Years
Nov 19, 2007
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Parma Idaho
i would use something else it might get broken then they will eat it and its hard to break them from eating their own eggs once they start
 

Oz Chook

Chirping
12 Years
Nov 11, 2007
57
3
94
Western Australia
Oh, thanks, I'll get it out now!

Any alternative suggestions on what I could use, and how long should I leave it in there for? Just a day at a time or until they 'give up the goods'? hee hee
 

airmom1c05

Songster
11 Years
Feb 3, 2008
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Raymond, Mississippi
You can use a couple of golf balls and leave them in there indefinitely! They can't tell the difference in shapes too well. That's how I got mine to lay in the nesting/laying boxes. I also used some plastic Easter eggs. Some folks use wooden eggs you can purchase in a crafts shop. Golf balls worked for me!
 

Sunny Side Up

Count your many blessings...
11 Years
Mar 12, 2008
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Loxahatchee, Florida
I found these beautiful artificial eggs in both brown & white at the store in our local Cracker Barrel Restaurant. They look so realistic in size, shape & texture that I once included some in a carton of eggs I sold ! Fortunately I discovered my error the next morning when I noticed the nest boxes were completely empty & was able to notify the customer before they tried to crack & cook the fake eggs.
 

Dawn419

Lost in the Woods
12 Years
Apr 16, 2007
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Evening Shade, AR
Skip's a golfer so I use golf balls in their nest boxes. Once the girls figured out using the nest boxes, I removed the balls. The only girls I still use the golf balls for is the Silkies...they sometimes forget...


Dawn
 

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