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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rmstuck, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Rmstuck

    Rmstuck In the Brooder

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    Do you think letting eggs sit in the nesting boxes for a little while helps encourage other chickens to lay or should I just grab them right away while the eggs are still warm? All my birds are old enough to lay but some of them seem to not lay consistently yet. I am just trying to figure these crazy birds out.:D
     

  2. mickey328

    mickey328 Songster

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    I gather several times a day since we're able to. I prefer not to have them there too long...they sometimes get stepped on and end up with a "dent"...they also seem to get poopier if they're in there a long time. If you want to encourage the others, you can gather the real ones and stick in a couple of fake eggs or even golf balls. With even one laying, the others will learn from her and get the idea...the fake eggs are a good reinforcement, too.
     
  3. 92Pony

    92Pony Songster

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    I have recently used fake wooden eggs. Not only does it help give them the idea, I have witnessed mine peck on the wooden egg before. I like that they get the idea of, "Hey, this brown oval thing is hard, and I get no reward from pecking on it.[​IMG] " [​IMG]


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