Kept some chickens long ago. They weren’t laying and our feed store said they might do with a prompt… a plastic egg in the nest. I’m a city boy and they knew it.
Fooled an oak snake though. Undigestable, unfortunately.
When my grandma kept chickens, she once found a snake that had eaten a whole egg, then started crawling through a knothole where it ate another one and trapped itself! Easy kill.
“The Crows of Pearblossom”, a children’s book by Aldous Huxley had this as it’s subject, and was one of my favorite childhood reads.
I much prefer the illustrations in the '60’s version.
I’ve got a lump in my throat now.
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