When Can I Start Putting Training Eggs in the Nest Boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CalBickieMomma, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. CalBickieMomma

    CalBickieMomma Songster

    Hello wonderful chicken people!

    Here is my fun question for today: When can I start leaving ceramic training eggs in the nest boxes for my girls? I have 9 pullets, most of whom are going to be 14 weeks old around mid-week (2 of them will be 13 weeks) and they've already been checking out the nest boxes (it's one unit composed of 4 boxes suspended off the ground about 3 feet up with curtains on each box).

    I know they should start laying around 5-6 months old, but is it too early to show them why these interesting compartments are in their coop?

    Also, I have a 6 year old Barred Rock in with them and she lays every other to every 2 days, so that might be enough to entice them (though I'm looking forward to using my 2 ceramic eggs ;)).

    Any advice on this matter?
  2. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

    Apr 9, 2013
    My Coop
    Your older gal is definitely showing them the ropes but you can put your ceramic eggs in any time.

    Once you see their combs turning red they'll be laying soon.
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Well I never have used them so not needed...Chickens use nest boxes if provided..
  4. CalBickieMomma

    CalBickieMomma Songster

    Thanks! Eloise has had a red comb for a long time (everyone, including me, suspected her of being a little cockerel at an early age, but I think she'd have some pretty big wattles and comb by now if she were). I think it is just her coloring. The fact that they've been flying up onto the perch in front of the boxes to check them out has me thinking they might be getting ready to lay (but I don't expect this to happen for a while yet - they're still pretty young and small).
  5. CalBickieMomma

    CalBickieMomma Songster

    Thanks! I suspect they could figure it out on their own, but I got the ceramic eggs, just in case ;).
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  6. so lucky

    so lucky Crowing

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    I used to have fun moving the golf balls I was using from one nest to another. The chickens would almost always lay where the golf balls were. Musical nests, kind of.
  7. SurferchickinSB

    SurferchickinSB Crowing

    Feb 23, 2018
    I put my ceramic eggs in when they were about 4 1/2 months old.
  8. SurferchickinSB

    SurferchickinSB Crowing

    Feb 23, 2018
    They come in useful when they are bickering about all wanting the same nest box. I move the ceramic eggs into another nest and usually they will use that one if the one they want is taken. Helps me deal with the noise.
  9. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

    Mar 5, 2019
    SE Missouri, USA
    I put golf balls in my nest boxes when my little girls got to be about 14 - 15 weeks old, although i was not expecting eggs for two or three more weeks at least. I had four
    eggs in one nest daily. I put golf balls in all four nests and started grtting eggs in all 4 nests. As the pullets started laying, all the nests were being used. And now I am getting multiple eggs in each nest, for a total of twelve to fourteen each day.
  10. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Now is fine, since they're already investigating the nests.

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