Pecking Golf ball

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by marshmellow, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. marshmellow

    marshmellow Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2009

    So my Barred Rock just recently started laying (had been for awhile in a wood pile and I discovered that thanks to you guys!)
    and as they free range I wanted to encourage laying in the coop so I put a golf ball in a nest. Today the ball was on the coop floor and when I went in my BR followed me and began pecking at it and generally fussing over it. Does this indicate she is eating her eggs? I haven't found any for days but suspect she found a place other than the coop to lay.

    Should I get rid of the ball? Is it confusing her?


    Last edited: Feb 13, 2009
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I found that some of my birds were smarter than I thought and threw the golf balls out and played with them. Others went broody on them. We took them out - they weren't helping. However, they do help the majority.

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