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on 24 July 2013
I must admit to being rather disappointed with my first inspection of these dummy eggs. Contrary to the previous two reviews I have no difficulty telling that they're fake. In fact on coming back here I see I should have taken a closer look at the picture and noticed the seam halfway down the egg where two halves are joined. In my case the join is not as pretty as this picture: the halves have been roughly pushed together with an ugly hard glue smear all around the surface, spoiling the smooth eggy look. I'm wary about using anything aggressive (e.g. acetone) to clean the glue off in case it also lifts the colour. So, I'm just hoping that the hens aren't as picky as me - we shall see!
[Edit 10Aug] Most of my chooks seem to have started laying this week, and despite being totally free to range, they do seem to be coming back to use the nest boxes I provided, so mission accomplished! They did throw the fake eggs out of the nest a couple of times, so I guess they maybe smell wrong somehow, however they may still have got the right idea across to the hens.
[Edit 8Sep] The chooks definitely do think of these as eggs. My coop has three nestboxes, I put one of these in each box. Every now and then I'll find that an ersatz egg has been moved to another nestbox! On researching this I discovered that chickens are communal nesting birds, when enough eggs have accumulated from multiple hens some volunteer will sit on them. Sometimes a hen will borrow eggs from neighbouring nests to make their own nest more attractive to the broody volunteer. Each nestbox has a two inch lip, I've love to know how the hen is getting the fake egg from one box to the other!