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Where can I get nest eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Buzzy, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Buzzy

    Buzzy In the Brooder

    Sep 1, 2008
    Where can I buy wood or glass nest eggs that aren't too expensive. Famous hatchery sells them for $15 a piece! I need about 5 or 8, so that's way too expensive.

    My girls (3 silver-laced Wyandottes) just don't want to lay in the nest box & I'm tired of listening to them complain when I restrict them to the chicken run & coop. Nag, nag, nag all day long just under my office window!

    I tried leaving 2 marked eggs in the nest but when they get too old the girls roll them out - and they don't really work anyway because my free rangers still go looking for somewhere else to lay, and find all kinds of nooks and crannies to hide their eggs in, the little stinkers. We're out here in the woods and I will never find them.

    I don't really want to leave 6 real eggs in nest over a longer period for fear of breakage & hens discovering how tasty eggs are.

    Hope you folks can help. Thanks!
  2. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    A couple of golf balls was enough to convince our girls. LOL!
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Try craft stores or the crafts dept. at larger walmarts. Last year a easygarden (BYC's sister site) member was kind enough to share some egg gourd seeds with me. They look just like the real thing.
    Egg hunting is not alot of fun is it? Every night I have to check under the bike shed, because some of the girls are a bit too fond of it.
  4. paul65

    paul65 In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    SW Pennsylvania
    My wife picked up 4 wooden ones at the flea market for 1 dollar an it seams to be working so far mine have been laying for 3 weeks all in the nest boxes.
  5. kayri

    kayri Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    We use those cheap plastic ones that you can fill with candy for Easter. I filled them with dirt to give them a bit of weight, but I'm not sure you would have to.

    Check with parents of any kid under 10, I'm sure they would be happy to give up a few.

  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:I bought some from a craft store for under $1 each, they were already painted white, put them in the nest and next day I had brown eggs beside them.

    Golf balls work too.

    Ping pong balls will also work, but you'll need to drill a hole and fill them with sand for weight or the hens will just knock them out of the nest.
  7. turtle1173

    turtle1173 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    SE Missouri
    I bought 6 ping pong balls at walmart for $.97. It worked like a charm [​IMG]

  8. scarter

    scarter Songster

    Aug 22, 2008
    Roberts, WI
    Do you have a Target around you? We used my daughters wooden eggs from her play kitchen set. Then we went and picked up another half dozen to replace.
  9. thepetpaw

    thepetpaw Songster

    Jul 27, 2008
    I bought 12 from welp hatchery for 8.99 dont know how much they are now but they are cheaper than 15 dollars....a piece


    dozen under this link

    Aslo you can get a pckage of 5 from Joann fabric for 2.99

    Wood Crafts Unfinished Wood
    Clocks and Finishings
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    Decorative Wood Eggs
    SKU# BBK504 214126
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    Sale Price: $2.79
    Regular Price: $3.99
    These wood egg turnings can be used in a variety of crafts for adults and kids. Use them as Easter eggs, embellishments, miniatures, bazaar crafts and more. These eggs can easily be stained or painted. 5/pkg; 2 1/2".
    These wood egg turnings can be used
  10. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Golf balls worked wonders for me.

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