How to remove fake eggs

chess0125

In the Brooder
Mar 8, 2015
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Utah
My hen doesn't like to set until there are like thirty eggs in her nest, which obviously she can't handle, so the other day we stuck a dozen fake eggs in there to trick her. I think it's working because she's starting to line the nest with feathers and spends more and more time at the nest. I suspect she'll start to set within the week.

My question regards the fake eggs. When and how do I remove them so she can focus on keeping the real eggs warm? I'm afraid if I do it too soon or wrong she'll get scared off permenantly and abandon the whole nest. How long should I give her before I take them? And how do I get to them without getting bit? She REALLY gets testy with anybody approaching while she's setting.
 

BayBay Peepers

Crowing
6 Years
Apr 5, 2013
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Try taking them at night or when she gets off the nest to eat/drink/go to the bathroom.
Otherwise I put on a leather glove and just go for it.

I would let her keep them until she's officially sitting. If she wants to give up I'd give them back and try again in a few days.
 

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