IMPORTANT DIRECTIONS FOR USING DUMMY EGGS SUCCESSFULLY...
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 Size. 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 EGGS
Dummy Eggs cannot stop mother nature, just guide her a little.
1. PUT A FULL CLUTCH OF EGGS PLUS ONE MORE IN THE NEST AT ONCE. REMOVE LIVE EGGS.
When your hen is exhibiting nesting behavior, go ahead and placeall the eggs in a bowl on the bottom of her cage.
You don’t haveto wait for your hen to lay her first egg if she appears to bebroody.
If your bird has already laid one or more eggs, remove thereal eggs and replace them with a full clutch of dummy eggs. Take away any live eggs laid after putting in all the dummies. Do not count eggs that are laid afterwards.
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.
Dummy Eggs can not stop your bird from ever laying another egg which would not be healthy.
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 Size Chart. You will not do any harm to use too many dummies, she will just push them aside.
When you OVERFILL her nest with dummy eggs, she knows she does not need to lay anymore. If she pushes some eggs out of her nest, the number left will tell you how many she wants in a full clutch.
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 of been able to prevent the eggs already in production at this time. Just remember, dummies still 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.
Size Chart. The Size chart will give you an AVERAGE number of eggs & Number of Incubation Days for each domestic bird species. This number can be higher or lower for your bird. A little experimentation will eventually reveal your birds "magic clutch number."
* Eggs less than one week old are not viable.
2. DO NOT REPLACE LIVE EGGS ONE BY ONE... This can stimulate laying!
Do not replace your bird's real eggs with dummy eggs as she lays them. 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 (nest of eggs). We want her to think she has completed laying all the real eggs she is supposed to.
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. Placing all the dummies at once makes a big impression on her.
3. 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.
4. SAFE FOR ALL BIRDS
Dummy eggs are safe, non-toxic, unbreakable, dishwasher safe and reusable. Most dummy eggs are solid polyurethane, an inert plastic that does not breakdown or dissolve. Duck and goose eggs are made of a strong ceramic for outdoor
5. MOVE SLOWLY
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. One client used her nest bowl as a treat dish before placing it in the cage with dummy eggs which worked great.
6. WHAT IS BROODY BEHAVIOR?
When the female sits on her nest, withreal ordummy eggs, both male and female will be fiercely protective and their boundaries need to be respected. She 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. Not to worry, this too shall pass.
7. WHEN DO I REMOVE THE DUMMY EGGS?
WAIT UNTIL SHE LOSES INTEREST!
Removing the fake eggs too soon will stimulate laying to replace them. Ideally your bird will loose interest in the dummy eggs anywhere from one weekto two months.
You can try removing them at any time.
See if your hen starts acting upset by crying, running back and forth on the bottom of her cage or her perch. If this does NOT happen, she is probably fine without her eggs, if it does, better put them back in her cage.
8. HOW LONG BEFORE THE EGG LAYING CYCLE STARTS OVER AGAIN?
The length of time between reproductive cycles varies by species and even from bird to bird. Brooding behavior will signal when it is time to reuse your dummy eggs. Make sure to sanitize them before and after each use. It is safe to put them in the dishwasher.
Put all your fake eggs back in her nest before she starts laying again, when you see brooding behavior, or as soon as she lays her first egg. Each species repeats the cycle at different intervals.
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 there laste teens or early 20’s.
9. 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 generally accept it. Size and shape are more important than color. Some dummy eggs come in very lightly tinted colors that make very little difference to your bird but help you differentiate between real and dummies, most are white or off-white. If there is a large difference in size, DummyEggs.com will happily exchange your dummy eggs for a size larger or smaller.
10. FERTILE OR INFERTILE
Birds will lay eggs and can become “chronic egg layers” if the eggs are fertile or infertile. She will lay eggs during each breeding cycle and may try to incubate them regardless of whether or notthey have been fertilized. All species of animals produce eggs to reproduce.
Dummy Eggs cannot stop mother nature, just try to guide her a little.
11. GIANT DROPPINGS
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. It is a good indication of when your bird's brooding starts and stops.
12. WHY WON’T MY HEN SIT ON HER EGGS?
A hen may not sit her first eggs immediately. This behavior should not be interpreted as a lack of maternal instinct. By timing the incubation, she miraculously hatches ALL of them at the same time. Be patient if she does not “jump” on the dummy eggs and do leave them in place.
Some hens, especially juveniles, do not have mature maternal instincts. Sometimes eggs are laid from a perch where the egg smashes on 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.
Thesebirds can easily become chronic egg layers. Dummy eggs will remedy these situations safely and efficiently.
13. DANGEROUS HEALTH CONDITIONS:
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 dangerous condition can result from removing eggs from the nest too soon. Filling a nest with a full clutch of plastic eggs should control this abnormal reproductive behavior.
EGG BINDING: An egg bound bird needs medical attention quickly. This condition is when an egg cannot pass and is stuck inside the hen’s body.
SOFT SHELLED EGGS: Female birds can produce an egg with a soft shell which can rupture inside her reproductive cavity. A dangerous medical condition which needs an avian veterinarian immediately.
CALCIUM / MINERAL DEPLETION: Chronic egg laying can be the reason for soft shell eggs due to lack of calcium and other factors. Nutritionally balanced food pellets should be included in the diet. A fresh cuttlebone and mineral block will supply lots of calcium and function as a natural grooming tool for healthy beaks and nails. Calcium / Mineral Blocks are a necessity for every bird. Check the HealthyHen page for a full line of calcium mineral blocks and cuttlebones.
HORMONAL SUPPRESSANTS: If you are getting therapy from your avian veterinarian, dummy eggs will be a big boost to the success of your treatments. You still need to overfill her nest to short-circuit the reproductive hormones. Please do not replace eggs one at a time as this is counter intuitive to the basic concept of how dummy eggs work.
14. COMPLETE NESTING BOWL KITS
Ready to go, just place the complete nesting bowl with all the eggs on bottom of cage. Replace the nesting material when it gets soiled.
Shredded white paper towels work fine. Premium paper nesting material is available from DummyEggs.com. It is non-toxic, odor free, biodegradable, dust free, sanitized, and absorbs three times its weight in moisture.
15. HealthyHen™ FOOD, CALCIUM MINERAL BLOCKS & CUTTLEBONES
All small birds and parrots really go for the flavor and aroma of this complex mixture of all natural organic human grade ingredients including whole Bee Pollen and Acidophilus.Even picky eaters love it! Boost the calcium and nutrients needed by brooding hens. HealthyHen™ Food supplements your hen’s intake of calcium, probiotics, vital nutrients and minerals to ensure good health and prevent serious complications from egg production including egg binding and calcium deficiency. Also perfect for year round maintenance of both male & female birds.
We offer mineral blocks in three sizes including natural flavor, peanut butter, banana, and coconut. Plus fresh cuttlebones in both medium and large for parrots to really enjoy.
STORE FOOD IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER
Add 1 or more tablespoons to regular food dish to slowly introduce change of diet for one week. Then use as an additive for large parrots or as the main food for small birds.
COOKING OPTION FOR SOFT FOOD:
Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water to 2 cups food, mix and let stand until moist and cool.
CALCIUM / MINERAL BLOCKS & CUTTLEBONES are necessary for health and grooming. Both last a long time but can absorb moisture and oder and then become stale and distasteful to your bird. Watch them chew and enjoy our fresh calcium / mineral blocks and cuttlebones.
16. REFUNDS & EXCHANGES
We will happily refund or exchangeeggs for a
different size. Nest Bowl Kits and custom hand madeeggs are not refundable.
Refund does not include shipping.
Please return unused eggs within 7 days to:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.