Egg in nest to'encourage' laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Oz Chook, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. Oz Chook

    Oz Chook Chirping

    Nov 11, 2007
    Western Australia
    I have a 7 month old Light Sussex and a 7 month old Araucana. Neither have produced a single solitary egg yet [​IMG] 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?
  2. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    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
  3. Oz Chook

    Oz Chook Chirping

    Nov 11, 2007
    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
  4. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    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!
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    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.
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    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...[​IMG]


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