Hi, I'm a newbie backyard egg-laying-chicken raiser. I've searched these forums and I can't find anything to answer my question (nor on google - maybe using wrong key words but thought I'd give this forum a try). So, here it goes... I am a vet tech part-time, and one of the vets I work with who raises homing pigeons mentioned that maybe eggs should not be collected from hens on a daily basis. For his homing pigeons, the more often they lay it stresses their bodies - so if he collects an egg, he puts a fake egg in the nest so they don't feel forced to lay again immediately (the males apparently peck at the ladies to make them go back to the nest if it's empty). He said he didn't know if the same applied to chickens, but collecting the eggs every day could be "forcing" them to lay again the next day, and essentially putting constant stress on their body. It kinda makes sense, but then again, chickens are meant to be egg-layers, aren't they? Won't they pop one out daily even if there is a nest full of eggs? Just wondering if anyone know more about this. We have nine young hens and one is laying daily now. I don't mind putting a fake egg in the nest(s) if it means less stress and possibly prolonging their egg-laying career -- we're not planning on making money off of eggs - just a hobby. Any scientific knowledge available? Can anyone recommend a good place to get fake chicken eggs? Thanks!