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What to use for fake eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eggwhitehens, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. eggwhitehens

    eggwhitehens In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2016
    My hens are about 15 weeks old. When should I open the nesting box's and what can I use for fake eggs? Can I use the grocery store bought eggs or golf balls? Thanks in advance

  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Songster

    Jul 19, 2016
    Golf balls is what i use you can buy fake ceramic eggs at tractor supply have your nesting boxes open all the time
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  3. Lots of people say use fake eggs....I have never and the Chickens always know to use the boxes......Fake eggs are really not needed.

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  4. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Songster

    Jun 17, 2016
    East Orlando, FL
    I wouldn't use store bought eggs, they will spoil fairly quickly. I used golf balls and ping pong balls for a while, the ping pongs got tossed out by the hens within a few days but the golf balls remained for a few weeks before they all figured it out. GOLF BALLS are the cheap and easy way to go!
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  5. And never use store bought eggs either????? lol!
  6. Gigiannie

    Gigiannie In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2016
    Enumclaw, WA
    My hens needed a little motivation to use their nest boxes. They usually free-range in our large, fenced back yard, so when they started laying, they found more interesting options in and around our shrubbery and fish pond. Once we discovered a large, hidden nest of eggs, we closed our little sneaks up in their run for a few days, and put some fake eggs in the nests. At the time, the feed store was all out of their fake eggs, so I blew the insides out of a couple of the eggs I had recovered, used a small funnel to fill them with salt, then sealed the holes with a little melted wax. That was over a year ago, and those home-made nest eggs are still out there. I now have a couple of feed-store phonies, and a stone egg out there, as well. By now, they are probably not needed, but I leave them, anyway. I think it doesn't hurt to put out phonie eggs, just as a suggestion to your young ladies. Good luck!
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  7. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Songster

    Jul 19, 2016
    If you have a rooster he will show the hens a good safe place to lay eggs but if your nesting boxes doesn't meet the expectation he might not go there
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  8. trudyg

    trudyg Songster

    Jun 3, 2013
    I use my eos lip balm container....
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Fake eggs can help show them where to lay..... they can, really .....especially if you don't have older birds in the flock.

    I would not use real eggs, no matter the source.

    Golf balls will work just fine......
    .....so will roundish rocks, sand filled plastic easter eggs..I read of someone who used a PVC elbow partially buried in nest bedding
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2016
  10. LunaChickie

    LunaChickie In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2016
    My husband made a couple out of clay that he baked, but before that we used bright easter eggs and just glued them shut. They're a little light so they tend to get kicked out, but even with my husband's fake eggs out there, they prefer the bright easter egg nests LOL!

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