Golf ball trick

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by andysgirl, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. andysgirl

    andysgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello~ has anyone ever used something else besides golf balls or ceramic eggs for the first time laying trick? My girls are soon to be old enough and id like to introduce something to get them thinking about laying. Don't hav any golf balls. Checked Walmart and I don't want that many golf balls for $10!! Any body hav a cheap-out idea for me?
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    You might not be able to find them this time of year, but you can buy a pack of plastic Easter eggs for $1. Go to a craft store, and see what you find. You could blow out an egg from the fridge and fill it with plaster of paris or cement, or maybe even put several layers of melted paraffin in it.
     
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  3. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Similar sized rocks, plastic easter eggs ping pong balls although they would need to be weighed down some how.
     
  4. andysgirl

    andysgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks :)
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Chickens do not really need fake eggs to encourage them to use the nest boxes....This might cause a debate but in my circle of Chicken friends and family, it will only cause the hens to peck at the real eggs once they lay them....The fake eggs are an old gimmick....Have no worries. They will use the boxes.
     
  6. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I often see golf balls and plastic easter eggs at thrift stores and sometimes at garage sales as well.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Quote:
    Not true..at....all.
     
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  8. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 points , I've been using golf balls for years and never seen where it cause's pecking of eggs, and I'm currently raising a new batch of pullets and they were laying all over the coop until I got the golf balls in the nest boxes. Within 3 days they were all using the boxes.
     
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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    While I agree the bait can help encourage the pullets to lay where you want, it won't effect when they lay. You can bait all you want, but they won't lay until they're physically ready.
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Same here....it's like magic.

    Absolutely!
     

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