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Fake eggs and golf balls

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by paddyg84, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. paddyg84

    paddyg84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do fake eggs and golf balls work to persuade hens to lay? Have had my girls a week now and they haven't started laying yet.
     
  2. CaptSierra

    CaptSierra Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 nesting boxes in my chicken coop, and placed golf balls in three of them about 6 months ago just to see if my hens would be fooled by them. Since doing so, every one of their eggs have come from the nesting boxes with the golf balls!
     
  3. paddyg84

    paddyg84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will def give it a go then! Sure I only lose them on the course anyway!
     
  4. LoveChickens123

    LoveChickens123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    it does work it takes them a couple of weeks
     
  5. lahowardjr

    lahowardjr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the golf balls just show the hens where to put thier eggs when they start to lay. Seeing or sitting on a golf ball may enduce them to lay.
     
  6. Happy Aggie

    Happy Aggie Out Of The Brooder

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    Ours did not like the plastic fake eggs at all. They kicked them out of the nesting box, out of the coop, and down the ramp to the run.
     
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  7. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, at what age do you put them in the nests? Our girls will be 5 months old in about 3 weeks.
     
  8. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't believe that nest eggs result in hens laying in one particular nest over any other nest. However hens lay eggs to perpetuate the species, not to keep the Easter Bunny in beer money.

    Because hen chickens are terrible at counting and ciphering, if there is a nest egg or two in the nest, the hens can't tell that their morning deposit went missing by noon. Therefore the hens are less likely to change nest locations to fool an egg predator. Therefore I do believe that nest eggs encourage hens to keep laying in one particular nest or location over another but not necessarily in any or in every nest with a phony egg in it.
     
  9. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They seemed to work here. They helped with egg production & when someone was naughty & started pecking eggs. The only problem I have is they send my BCM's into the princess BROODY bunch.
     
  10. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, just got in from putting a golf ball, in 4 of the nest boxes. Only time will tell!
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013

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