FAQ: How & Why Dummy Eggs Work
You will find the answer to most all your questions on this sheet of directions. I have taken care to address every important issue and most all questions I have received over the 10 years I have been selling dummy eggs. Dummy Eggs work 95% of the time if used as directed. Please read these instructions and keep handy for future referrance. There is a lot of information here that is very important for success using your dummy eggs to curtail and halt egg production in pet birds.
FILL HER NEST WITH DUMMY EGGS...
& YOUR BIRD WILL
STOP LAYING MORE EGGS
Dummy Eggs cannot stop mother nature, just guide her a little.
It takes about a week for her “egg factory” to shut down so it is possible to have a new real egg or two after putting in your dummy eggs.
DO NOT REPLACE LIVE EGGS ONE BY ONE
Just substituting a dummy egg for a live egg, one at a time, will not fool her into thinking she has laid a full clutch. We want her to think she has completed laying all the real eggs she is supposed to (see Size Chart on DummyEggs.com). This is what signals her hormones to turn off and she naturally stops laying more eggs. It is all a numbers game. It is better to have too many eggs than too few.
USE ALL YOUR DUMMY EGGS AT ONCE
When your hen is exhibiting nesting behavior, go ahead and place all the eggs in a bowl on the bottom of her cage or in her existing nest. Hopefully you have checked our size chart and purchased the correct number of eggs for your bird's species.
Don’t wait for your hen to lay her first egg if she appears to be broody. If your bird has laid one or more eggs, remove the real eggs and replace them with a full clutch of dummy eggs. Take away any live eggs laid after placing dummies.
BIRDS COUNT THEIR EGGS!
Hens start building their clutch (nest of eggs) by laying one egg every other day. Her DNA tells her exactly how many eggs she should lay. She will lay eggs until she has the proper number of eggs for her species. Any extra eggs will be pushed out of the nest. When we count a clutch, it is the eggs laid consecutively. Do not count eggs that are laid a week or more later.
STICK WITH THE AVERAGE CLUTCH SIZE for your bird as shown on our EGG SIZE CHART. If you use too few, you will not stop further egg laying for that clutch.
If she lays eggs in spite of the proper number of dummies, you may not have been able to prevent the eggs already in production at this time.
Dummies provide a valuable service and prevent egg laying by insuring a real egg isn’t replaced if broken. Many birds, male and female, break their eggs and then keep replacing them. Thus leading to calcium depletion and health concerns.
There are no health concerns with a healthy hen who is laying her normal natural eggs for reproduction. Dummy Eggs cannot stop your bird from ever laying another egg which would not be healthy.
Some birds react poorly to any new change in their environment. A nest bowl can sometimes frighten them. If this happens try placing the nest bowl near their cage so they can see it for a few hours first. If she has a favorite spot where she lays, it is perfectly fine to put the dummies there, in or out of a bowl. A bowl just keeps them together.
REMOVE DUMMY EGGS AFTER YOUR BIRDS’
INCUBATION DAYS LISTED BELOW
Removing eggs too soon will stimulate laying to replace them. Ideally your bird will lose interest in her dummy eggs within 3-4 weeks. Leaving them in longer may render them ineffective for her next clutch. The number of days for each species is listed on our Egg Size Chart by Species. Please look for it under the How To Order menu at the top of our website. Days are counted from the time the hen starts sitting her eggs.
The most popular birds’ Average Incubation Days are: Finch 12, Canary, Doves & Pigeons 14, Budgie Parakeet 18, Cockatiel & Quaker 18 - 21, Parrotlet & Lovebird 23, Conures 24, Caique 27, African Grey, Eclectus, Amazon 29, Cockatoo 25, Macaw 28.
You can try removing them at any time if she has lost interest. Watch to see if your hen starts acting upset by crying or running back and forth. If this behavior does not stop within 60 minutes, put her nest back in the cage, she is not ready to release her eggs yet.
WHAT IF THEY ARE FERTILE / INFERTILE?
Birds will lay eggs and can become “chronic egg layers” with or without a mate. She will lay eggs during each breeding cycle and will incubate them regardless of whether or not they have been fertilized. All species of animals produce eggs to reproduce. Dummy Eggs cannot stop mother nature, just try to guide her a little.
WHAT IS BROODY BEHAVIOR?
When the female sits her nest, on either real or plastic dummy eggs, both male and female will be fiercely protective and their boundaries need to be respected. They will hiss, fluff their feathers, back up, and may attack any threat to her eggs.
BE PATIENT! This is the hardest part as people say they “miss” their bird when she is brooding and no longer as affectionate or playful; this too shall pass.
DO EGGS NEED TO MATCH EXACTLY?
Most birds will not notice a slight difference in size, color, shape, or texture. If it looks close to their egg they will accept it. There are many other reasons for rejection.
WHY WON’T MY HEN SIT ON HER EGGS?
Some hens, especially juveniles, do not have mature maternal instincts. Eggs can be laid from a perch where it smashes to the floor, or anywhere else that is convenient. It is not uncommon for such a bird to break the eggs by pecking or kicking them and have no interest in sitting on them. These same birds can easily become chronic egg layers and dummy eggs can put an end to this.
KEEP DUMMY EGGS SCENT FREE.
A common reason birds may reject dummy eggs is due to a human or foreign scent passed onto the eggs. Make sure your hands are washed before handling eggs and do not leave them exposed to room orders before being introduced to your bird.
EXCHANGE EGGS FOR ANOTHER SIZE?
We know it is hard to guess the right size of your bird’s egg, especially if you do not have a real one to measure. Please just let us know and we will supply directions for exchanging your eggs for a different size. Dummy Eggs are returnable for
refund. We do not accept returns for nest bowls, calcium, cuttlebones, and toys.
ARE GIANT DROPPINGS NORMAL?
After sitting on her eggs for many hours, the female will leave her nest to eat, drink and eliminate. A bonded male and female, may take turns sitting on the eggs. Don’t be alarmed if your hen’s droppings are greater than their normal size when she is incubating her eggs. This is perfectly normal and will discontinue when her breeding cycle has completed. This is a great way to tell if when she starts and stops brooding.
AVIAN HEALTH CONDITIONS:
Dummy Eggs increase the success of treatments.
You cannot stop nesting behavior or egg laying, nature must take its course. Your avian vet can give hens hormone shots which can be expensive and last only a few months, much like birth control pills.
Sometimes advice is offered to restrict daylight, plentiful food, and familiar surroundings. A nervous bird will not feel comfortable enough to start a family. It might also start plucking out its feathers from the stress.
The DummyEggs.com point of view is to give her a nest simulation so she can act normally. She will not be forced to lay more eggs to replace the ones that have been removed or broken.
CHRONIC EGG LAYING: It is not normal for a hen to lay eggs continually for weeks or months and can lead to severe illness and death.
This condition can result from removing eggs from the nest too soon. A bird will replace missing or broken eggs to fill her nest. A full clutch of Dummy Eggs can stop chronic egg laying in most cases.
Chronic egg laying depletes the hen’s calcium levels and can be the reason she produces soft shell eggs. These soft shell eggs have a hard time being passed out of the body. This is what is called Egg Binding. An egg bound bird needs medical attention quickly.
ARE THEY SAFE FOR MY BIRD?
HOW DO I CLEAN MY DUMMY EGGS?
Dummy eggs are safe, non-toxic, unbreakable, and reusable. Most dummy eggs are solid polyurethane, an inert plastic that does not breakdown or dissolve. Duck and goose eggs are made of strong ceramic for outdoor use. (Do not use on newsprint). All of our eggs can be vigorously cleaned with detergent and bleach. They are safe to be placed in the dishwasher. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly.
HOW LONG BEFORE EGG LAYING CYCLE STARTS AGAIN?
The length of time between reproductive cycles varies by species. Brooding behavior will signal when it is time to reuse your dummy eggs.
Make sure to sanitize them before and after use. It is safe to put them in the dishwasher.
Put your fake eggs back in her nest before she starts laying, when you see brooding behavior, or as soon as she lays her first egg.
Egg laying can depend on many internal and external factors. Sometimes juveniles start before they are ready to be good parents. Many large parrots such as large Macaws, Cockatoos and Hyacinths do not lay their first eggs until they are in their late teens or early 20’s. It is then a shock to owners, but is perfectly in synch with their lifespans.
Place your dummy eggs in a shallow flat bowl large enough for one or two birds to sit in comfortably. Use white paper towels shredded or pure shredded paper bedding from a pet store. The use of newspaper is not advised as the inks stain the plastic eggs and can be ingested by your bird.
Complete Nesting Bowl Kits by DummyEggs.com come ready to go, just place the nesting bowl with all the eggs on bottom of cage. Replace the nesting material when it gets soiled. Premium paper nesting material supplied from DummyEggs.com is non-toxic, odor free, biodegradable, dust free, sanitized, and absorbs three times its weight in moisture.