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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LN2008, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. LN2008

    LN2008 Songster

    Jul 27, 2011
    Larryville, KS
    I added a few golf balls to my nesting boxes. Does this actually work? Do I eventually have to remove them after they start laying?

  2. OmyChickens

    OmyChickens In the Brooder

    Nov 22, 2011
    I heard that too... So i tried it.. I put a few here and a few there.. (various boxes) no luck.. my girls still prefer to find a dark corner to lay..

    eventually i gave up and let them lay where ever they wanted.. turned out to be under the workbench/table that a few of the boxes were on.. I moved the box under the table and everyone is happy.. I cant tell you how many times i tried to show them the golf ball eggs and where they "belong".. Plastic easter eggs didnt work neither did the porceline eggs.. but some people have success with them.. I just dont know the trick.. [​IMG]
  3. cindylo

    cindylo In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    Idaho Falls, ID
    I had success with easter eggs filled with crumpled paper (to add little weight). But one gal has made her own nesting box below my "official" boxes and will only lay eggs there!
  4. Kaugomu

    Kaugomu Chirping

    May 26, 2011
    San Antonio
    Our girls were out roaming the first time one decided to lay, so that night we put a box in their run with two fake wooden eggs - it's been the go to spot every day since then, and just today when chicken #2 decided to start adding her egg too, laid it in the box. We also don't let them out to range often (actually against city ordinance where we are) and never until after the morning egg has been laid. That may have something to do with it.
  5. Mother_Hen2011

    Mother_Hen2011 Songster

    Aug 2, 2011
    New Mexico
    I added plastic easter eggs filled with a little dirt and taped in my nesting boxes before mine started laying. Ever since they started laying they go to the nesting boxes. Only one of my girls laid underneath a pile of wood and she only did it once. Ever since then I stopped letting them free range until late in the afternoon. But two lay in the morning and one lays close to the evening. But she always goes back into the coop in a nesting box and lays her eggs [​IMG] Like I said I added my decoy eggs before they started laying. I have 3 hens and 7 laying boxes so they can pic and chose normally they lay in the same exact one every time.
  6. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    I use plastic easter eggs and have not removed them. The girls will sometimes kick them out of the nesting box, but I just put 'em back.
  7. bloom chicks

    bloom chicks Songster

    Jun 6, 2011
    I used the ceramic eggs. My girls free range and the ones that are laying eggs all lay in the boxes in the coop. So...... I would say it works. [​IMG]

  8. bleith

    bleith Songster

    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    Mine naturally started to lay in the box so I never needed to go that route. Fortunate I guess
  9. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    I used decoys and they still seemed to plop an egg out random, then one day about 24 weeks old the hit the box consistently. I leave 1 decoy in each set of boxes now, I only get eggs in multiple boxes with first gathering on days off, afternoon gathering can bet money individual layers go and lay with the decoy. [​IMG]. I don't know what changed but I am glad.
  10. DebbieDee

    DebbieDee Chirping

    Apr 4, 2011
    I leave the decoy in the nests. Occasionally it will get tossed out. I just put it back. Just don't want those girls confused...[​IMG]

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