I work nights, I got up around 10am to go let my chickens out of the coop, and one of my pullets was in a nest box. She laid her first egg Thursday and second on Saturday. So I am thinking ok I can sit here on the roost(made of 2x4's so it can support me) and wait and collect the egg right away when she is done. So I wait about 15 minutes and she is turning and primping the nest so I went out to scratch on one of the cats. A couple minutes later she starts her egg song and comes walking down the ramp from the box and I think sweet I can get the egg and go back to bed for a few more hours. I look inside the nest box and all that is in there is the fake egg, she laid a phantom egg. I turned and said to "Betty Lu" , "Are you kidding me, you made me stay out here for nothing" When I got up for the day around 2pm I went out to look for any other eggs, I have 2 other pullets that are laying as well(out of 6 pullets total) and find nothing. Have any of you experienced this? I know new layers can be sparadic in laying, but a phantom egg?