Originally Posted by saywhatkid
What is the golf ball for?
In our case, when we used to raise chickens, we put a golf ball in teh nest because it made the chickens think there was an egg there, and thus, it was a good place to lay eggs.
Old timers used to actually have glass eggs that went in the nest. I've even seen chickens lay eggs in a 'nest' beneath an apple tree because they thought three hard little green apples were eggs.