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Why do fake eggs ( golf balls, etc)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicamama03, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. chicamama03

    chicamama03 In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    Get chickens to lay? Created a fake nest and they seem to be laying now. Well, only twoso far, but........

    Anything ese I can do?

  2. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    I think it is because chickens when left to their own devices create nests of two dozen or so of eggs before they start brooding them.

    So if there is already a spot with "eggs" in it they will be drawn to laying their eggs there for future brooding. I think it is not so much getting them to start laying but letting them know where to lay.

    It worked like a charm with our 14, 8 out of which are now laying @ 6.5 mo old.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012

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