Leave eggs in nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brutus27, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. brutus27

    brutus27 New Egg

    Nov 12, 2010
    I have four chickens (no rooster) and today I found my first egg so I'm totally thrilled. My question is: If I leave the egg in the nest will it cause the chickens who haven't started laying to start laying quicker and will it stimulate the one who layed it to continue? Or should I just take the eggs out as soon as I find them? Thanks.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    [​IMG] to BYC and congrats on the first egg.

    I would definitely remove the egg from the nest, as it could be broken. If it gets broken, your chickens will learn what tasty treats eggs are and egg eating chickens are very hard to break.

    You can replace the egg with some golf balls or plastic easter eggs, filled with sand and glued shut. Basically any egg-shaped object will do.
  3. brutus27

    brutus27 New Egg

    Nov 12, 2010
    That's a good point. Thanks! Will putting a fake egg there make them broody at all? Also, how long do you recommend leaving a fake egg in the nest?

    Thanks again.

  4. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    My girls took offense to the fake eggs and promptly kicked them out. I put them back; they were on the floor in record time. [​IMG]
  5. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    mine kicked the ball out too but i think it gave them the idea of where to lay
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Leaving eggs in the nest won't make them broody. They just go broody when their bodies tell them too and will sit on anything or nothing at all. I've had several that pancaked out on nothing but shavings.

    Leaving eggs in the nest doesn't promote or encourage laying either. What it can do though is help the chooks know that that is a good place to lay their eggs. Hens are the ultimate copycats, when they see an egg in the nest their little bird brains go...Oh, that looks like a good place, I'll lay my egg there too! Congrats on that first egg, hope you have many more soon!
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    If they do not want to go broody, nothing will make them broody. Last summer I wanted someone to go broody, so I piled up 8-9 eggs, no go. Then one day she went broody, and her sister did the next day.

    I have one fake egg in each nest. I just use roundish rocks. works pretty good. mk
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:^^^That. To answer your other question - my big girls are more than 2 years old and I still leave the golf balls in their nests, even though they all use their boxes consistently. Can't hurt anything and if Mr. Black Snake ever finds their nests he might pick an "egg" that he can't digest.
    This morning when I went in my juvenile coop and found several eggs in a nestbox (that didn't have golf balls in it), I promptly removed the eggs and replaced with golf balls.
  9. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    I have kept a golf ball in each nest since they were near to laying. I have thought about removing them as the girls are using the nests as they should, but the use of them as predator trap was told to me recently which made sense. No harm in leaving them in!
  10. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2009
    Kittymomma has a great answer. I'd like to add that you don't have to have a ball in every nest. I have 8 nests, and only two balls. That's plenty to encourage laying in the nests. I actually think they are BETTER about using the nests when there isn't a ball in every nest. Makes them lay in just one or two nests. I pull the real eggs when I see them, and the balls keep them using the nests without worry of hurting the real eggs. I used to have egg breakers, and none of them do this anymore thanks to the golf balls.

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