Golf Ball Removal

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by capebird, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had placed a golf ball in each of my nest boxes to give the hens
    the idea of where to lay their eggs. It seems to have worked.... of
    my 4 hens, 2 have started laying (the other 2, not yet). My question is,
    should the golf ball(s) be removed now.... or leave them there until the other
    2 get to the point of laying.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I leave mine in full time, forever and always. I don't see where it hurts anything. When they start disappearing, I know I have another black snake visiting.
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Quote:Me, too. It's a good way to discourage egg-eating, too, because a golf ball is unpleasant to peck.
     
  4. Dutchess

    Dutchess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Me too, well, I have the wooden eggs instead of golf balls and I leave them. They always lay in the same box, the one with the wooden eggs in it! [​IMG]
     
  5. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 nest boxes and 4 golf balls. Just for entertainment's sake, I move the golf balls occasionally to watch the piles of eggs move. No, I don't get out much. [​IMG]
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

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  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks &amp; Impys - OH MY!

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  8. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just leave mine in there. Sometimes they go missing.. and then reappear. Right now I know of one of the two and it just reappeared yesterday.
     
  9. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had left them in full time but recently had two broken eggs, each in a separate box with golf balls.
    They were cracked but not eaten so I think the hens might have been a little rough in the nest and banged them against the balls so I removed them.
    Haven't had any broken since.
    I'll have to put them back when my three EE girls move to the big house and start to squat.
     
  10. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used plastic easter eggs and have just left them. [​IMG]
     

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