I moved the golf balls...so shoot me!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by melloladies, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. melloladies

    melloladies Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Merritt Island
    Omgoodness... The girls are all (mostly 4/5) happy layers now- we only get eggs in the nestboxes- so I figured I could remove the golf balls... Well my goodness [​IMG] You would've thought I'd turned the world upsidedown!
    They all protested loudly- for days! I finally thought- ya know- I bet they miss their golf balls?!? [​IMG]
    Found two shiny new ones, plopped one in each box, and voila! My honkiest honker is now settled in on her "egg" and waiting patiently to lay her very own. What kooks. Anybody else have this happen??? Or are mine "special?"[​IMG]
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    The golf balls are their "babies."

  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My older hens are three years old. I have yet to remove their golfballs. They already look at me like I might be tasty, I don't want to give them any extra incentive. [​IMG]
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Lol, don't fall down in the chicken coop!
  5. bt03

    bt03 Songster

    Mar 1, 2011
    Over the rainbow...
    I think there is something wrong with my hens now!!! everone suggested golf balls so I tried it and they hated it! They would burry or kick them out of whatever space they were in [​IMG]
  6. happyhappy

    happyhappy Chirping

    May 24, 2010
    Napa, CA
    I have four nest boxes without eggs (balls) I can't get to the eggs until they have all layed for the day because they only use one box! Unless I try to take them out from under a hen! [​IMG] [​IMG] Would the fake eggs work to make them lay in other boxes!? I have some real looking eggs that I used when they where starting to lay. [​IMG] Whadda stink, anyone?
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Spread the golfballs/fake eggs out between your boxes. Easy Peasy.
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Yeah hens move the fake eggs around. Just move them back. I move fake eggs almost every day.
  9. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Songster

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    Without the golf ball, the 2 older hens would lay random places in the yard, coop, dirt. With the golf ball, they lay in 1 place. I'm not taking it out. They get a little vocal and look at me sideways when I take an egg. Hate to see what they'd do if I took the golfball too. Hoping it works on the pullets when they start laying, but we'll see.
  10. queenbeezz

    queenbeezz Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    JoAnn's Fabrics have wooden eggs that look just like real brown ones. My girls kicked out all the golf ball and ping pong balls but like these. I don't want to mess with a good thing so I've left them in the nesting boxes for over a year now.

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