Plastic Easter eggs are a wonderful way to teach young pullets where to lay their eggs. Leave a few in the nesting boxes and they will soon catch on. But when you're done with the eggs, don't toss them in the trash. Here's a simple way to re-use them as treat balls for the chickens.
In the cold months there aren't any bugs or weeds for the chickens to root out, and boredom in the run can become a problem. These little treat balls can offer an easy solution.
Plastic Easter eggs
Dremel tool (or electric drill)
Carefully drill a hole in one end of each egg and enlarge it to about 1/4" in diameter with your Dremel tool or drill. The holes don't need to be perfect, but be sure there aren't any rough edges, and rinse the eggs when you are done to remove any tiny pieces of plastic.
Fill each egg with scratch, cracked corn, sunflower seeds or another grain. Scratch is especially beneficial during the winter because it helps warm up chickens' bodies. [Read more here] Of course these new egg 'toy's will be met with skepticism by your hens at first.....
But they will soon figure out that if they kick the eggs around, treats fall out! Trust me, the six egg treat balls I made kept our gang of 22 busy all afternoon.