Wooden Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by This_chicks_place, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    We placed wooden eggs in the nest box 3 weeks ago, two days ago we got our first egg, with a second yesterday right in the nest where they belong! [​IMG] Now to my question. Should we remove the wooden eggs or leave them there so they don't start to peck on the real eggs??
     
  2. FLchook

    FLchook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would leave them there for a bit... Just to reinforce the habit, especially if you are still waiting for other hens to start laying.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I still leave mine there - it doesn't hurt anything and I can laugh at my DH when he collects the eggs and the wooden ones too cuz he can't tell the difference!
     
  4. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used a golf ball and ended up leaving it there - my EE wouldn't part with it. She loved to use her beak to roll it beneath her and then sits on the nest for hours pretending to be doing something important.
     
  5. Usingmyrights

    Usingmyrights Out Of The Brooder

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    I know someone else that uses golf balls and just leaves them there. Probably half of 2 dozen or so nest box have a golf ball in it.
     
  6. Dutchess

    Dutchess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congratulations on your first egg!!! [​IMG] I'm still waiting...[​IMG]
     
  7. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still leave my golf ball in there and my older hens still lay accordingly. However they don't lay in the box with the ball. Why?!! Don't know. But I would leave it in there for reinforcement and encouragement.
     

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