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When to remove golf balls?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cravenchx, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    I'm pretty sure the girls know
    where the nests boxes are. I have only
    gotten one egg. Should I remove the
    golf balls now?
  2. fifelakelooper

    fifelakelooper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    fife lake, mi.
    craven...I'd wait for another week at least......I have had my fake egg in the box for 3 wks.....got one egg every other day in the nest and then yesterday found two on the floor:( I blocked that spot and put out 2 more fake eggs so that now I have 1 fake egg for each (3) nest.
  3. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    Quote:Ok, thanks. I was afraid they might get mad
    at something in their nest. I'll wait a little while.
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    I leave the fake egg in there always. I had one girl that went nuts looking for it before she'd lay if it was gone, even after laying in the same nest for months. So I just leave them.
  5. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    I took mine out after I got the first egg. After that the non-laying girls figured it out by watching the one that was laying....never had a problem with them laying in the nest box after the first egg. Did have one girl that was bullied out of the nest box, by my RIR, and she laid on the poop board 3 times and then went back to the nest box.
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I remove the golf balls when I see a set of clubs in the coop. [​IMG]

    Seriously, I use wooden eggs in the nest boxes and leave them there. Though I suspect it increases the chance that some go broody. Not always a good thing.

    Iwish you a good day,

    Rancher fooorrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    Mine have been laying for a couple months now...they are still in the nest boxes...the girls still like sitting on them.
  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I had wooden eggs and golf balls and I never take them out.
  9. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    I used plastic easter eggs and have never removed them.
  10. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2011
    Kalama, Washington
    I was wondering the same thing. I had put a plastic Easter egg in there nest and 3 days later it was on the floor of their coop. I think they play soccer with it. I find it in different places everyday. My hubby's cousin told us to put a golf ball in there. That stays in the nesting box but they bury it and move it about the nest. Only two of my girls are squatting and still no eggs. Patiently Waiting...........[​IMG]

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