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 Post subject: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:18 am 
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Dapper Duck
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I have seven 20 week old Ancona, so I thought it would be a good idea to set the nest boxes up and put a fake egg in each box to try and start them laying in the right spot.
I came out this morning and noticed them pecking at something out in the run.
They have grabbed the fake egg and pecked it to pieces.
Not off to a good start, I’m sure it wasn’t very appetising to them, and I hope they haven’t eaten much if any I also hope this doesn’t lead to egg eating when they eventually start laying. I will get rid of the polystyrene eggs and get some plastic ones to start with.
Any thoughts or advice?


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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:30 am 
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Chooks do like pecking at polystyrene... Not a good choice of material by the manufacturers..!

If your nest boxes are nice and cosy and secluded then they will choose to lay in there even if you have no fake eggs to guide them. To be honest I wouldn’t worry about using fake eggs. They’ll work it out. As far as pecking at their own eggs goes, I think you will just have to wait and see. I don’t think they will generalise this behaviour to their own eggs though - I think you should be ok.

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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:54 am 
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Thanks Rach


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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:23 am 
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I prefer golf balls to plastic eggs - the crows don't pinch them and the rats don't eat them but Rach is right, if the nests tick the right boxes they will follow each other in.

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they all will prefer the same nest ohjeez


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:22 pm 
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Polystyrene to chooks - it's like throwing kerosene on a fire to put it out.

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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:02 pm 
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Great news,
Just got my first egg, 20 weeks and one day old, and it was laid in the nest box.
I’ve now taken the fakies out.


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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:53 pm 
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The girls where still on peckish grower crumble, I was using the last of it up before moving onto layer pellets (which I have now done).
Does anyone know if the above brand has a withholding period for eating the eggs?


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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:00 pm 
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Their site only lists the Chick Starter as being medicated (eggs not for consumption). There is nothing listed on the Grower so it should be ok to eat the eggs straight away. :wee :wee :wee


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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:21 pm 
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You beauty, it’s always something special to eat their first.
Thanks so much Sue
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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
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Congrats on your first egg! Collecting eggs never gets old :)

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 Post subject: Re: Eating fake eggs
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:34 pm 
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Yes. Congrats! Always exciting. :)


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