when to put in a dummy egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tav1, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have months be they lay .....but when should a put in a dummy egg so they get the idea?
     
  2. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Chicken Obsessed

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    The month before they are supposed to lay could be the best choice.
     
  3. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you need to keep the dummy egg there for awhile after they lay or just remove it as soon as they start laying?
     
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  4. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Chicken Obsessed

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    leave it, is what I do. They will encourage brood, egg laying and discourage egg eating.
     
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  5. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  6. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

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    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
     
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  7. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     

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