Dummy eggs

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QWhy does us­ing ‘dummy’ eggs help with egg lay­ing and does it mat­ter what they are made of?

AVic­to­ria says: If hav­ing a cock­erel (who will in­di­cate the best nest site) is not an op­tion, dummy eggs are used to prove a suit­able, se­cure nest site and/or en­cour­age brood­i­ness. Crock or wooden eggs are bet­ter than plas­tic which is gen­er­ally too light­weight to fool a hen. Dummy eggs do not help with lay­ing: this is af­fected by day length and suf­fi­cient feed to al­low for the health of the hen plus some left over for pro­duc­tion. A good layer needs to be fit not fat, so just use layer pel­lets with a small amount of wheat (not maize, too fat­ten­ing) in the af­ter­noon as a treat.

PHOTO: Grant Br­ere­ton

Rub­ber dummy eggs

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