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When to place the dummy eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Invertalon, May 12, 2011.

  1. Invertalon

    Invertalon Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there everybody,

    I was just wondering when a good time would be to place our fake, ceramic eggs in the nesting boxes for our 7 and 9 week old pullets? What age is good to show them where to plop those eggs?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I suggest 16 weeks. Don't get your hopes up because it does not happen a whole lot, but I have had a pullet start to lay at 16 weeks.
     
  3. Invertalon

    Invertalon Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so no need to until just about the time they begin to lay?

    And can I use wood shavings in the nesting boxes, or do they prefer straw for that? [​IMG]
     
  4. FiveHens

    FiveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can never predict when they will begin to lay. Earlier is safer.
    Straw is nicer because they can arrange it into a nest and they can't kick it out.
     

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