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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tav1, Jun 2, 2017.
i have months be they lay .....but when should a put in a dummy egg so they get the idea?
The month before they are supposed to lay could be the best choice.
Do you need to keep the dummy egg there for awhile after they lay or just remove it as soon as they start laying?
leave it, is what I do. They will encourage brood, egg laying and discourage egg eating.
Unblock or install nest boxes and put in fake eggs when they begin to squat as you reach down to pet them.
Around 1 to 2 weeks later my Golden Comets started to lay.
I leave a ceramic egg in each box. GC
Ive never used a dummy egg. But I think the hands have found places in the woods to lay. I may give that a try
Agree. Once they start squatting is when I would unblock the nest boxes and add the ceramic eggs. Squatting is obvious, you'll know right away when you see it. All of mine have started laying within a week or two of the first squat.