|Not so tasty as the real thing.|
I have a solution for that, however. Pictured at the right is not an egg, but an egg-sized, egg-shaped egg-looking piece of Lake Superior granite, painted to look even more like an egg. I put it in the nesting boxes, where one or two good pecks ought to break this nascent pecking habit.
If one of my ladies turns up with a bent beak and a migraine this week, we'll know who the culprit was.
* One could extend egg season by the simple act of adding a timed light to lengthen the "daylight" hours inside the hen house. But I find we still have enough eggs even during the low production months.