How long to leave the dummy eggs in the box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Supernatural, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Supernatural

    Supernatural In the Brooder

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    We have a golf ball in each of our laying boxes. Two of our five 5-month old hens are laying, and both of them went right in the box to lay their eggs. Can I take the golf balls out, now that I already have two ladies using the nest boxes, or should I leave them until all 5 are laying? There's no reason I have to leave them permanently, is there?
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

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    I think that's really kind of a play-it-by-ear question. I think i left mine in for about 6 months, and now i don't need them. But the first time i took them out, it seemed to throw everyone off, and i ended up putting them back for a few more months.
     
  3. beachchickie

    beachchickie Songster

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    I left mine for about 2 months
     
  4. tedabug

    tedabug Songster

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    I took mine out because I thought they had it all figured out. My EE who was the best at going in the nests suddenly stopped laying. I found a clutch of eggs under some thick bushes surrounding a wayward whiffle ball the kids had lost. Guess they like to be faked out! The plastic eggs are back in the nests indefinitely! Ha Ha Ha
     
  5. trunkman

    trunkman Songster

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    I've had fake eggs in each nest box for about a month now waiting for my pullets to start laying, we they started laying this week and I've gotten 6 eggs so far and not one layed in any of the nest boxes! [​IMG]
     
  6. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

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    Sunny side up :)
    I leave them in until they start kicking them out a few mos or so.
     

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