Newbie question on golf balls

mk4lh

In the Brooder
10 Years
Aug 9, 2009
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I'm a military brat that has lived in the city more than the country and this is my first time raising chickens. So my question is; when I set up the nesting boxes I followed the advice I had read here and put in golf balls to help the hens figure out where to lay. On three different mornings I have found at least one of the golf balls on the floor of the coop. Only about 1/3 of my hens have started laying and I collect the eggs faithfully. I orginally had 2 golf balls per nest and since they started kicking them out I have taken one out of all of them. They haven't kicked any eggs out as of yet. Are they trying to tell me that they don't need the golf balls anymore?
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mk4lh

In the Brooder
10 Years
Aug 9, 2009
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Swanzey
They had been laying eggs with the golf balls just fine in the beginning. And it only seems to be in the morning that they will kick one out before they've been let out of the coop. (at 7am)
 

obxWaMi

Songster
10 Years
Sep 27, 2009
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OBX, NC (Roanoke Island)
This is a newbie response, so forgive me if I'm totally off base....
I thought the golf balls were just to give the a nudge in the right direction and that once they began laying where you wanted them to--in the nest boxes--you could do away with the golf balls all together.

==Michelle
 

PortageGirl

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11 Years
Nov 8, 2008
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Portage County, Ohio
It's because the golf balls are round and rollier than eggs. If you watch them in a nest, they sit, readjust, snuggle, shuffle, wiggle etc etc before they are settled -juuuuusssstttt- right to lay an egg. The golf balls are round, so they get moved around more and get rolled out. Now you know why eggs are that odd shape, one end bigger than the other and so wobbly.
 

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