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Fake eggs and separating cocks/hen depends on your goals.

Using fake eggs during the breeding season is a good way to reduce the number of young and manage your population.

Separating them after breeding season from midsummer to when you mate them back up in early spring also helps control population size, but also allows them to rest, reduces the number of eggs the hens lay thus not depleting their bodies. Also, it is then easier to pair them up with different mates depending on your breeding program. Separating hens and cocks after breeding season has been a standard practice forever for many breders. It all depends on your goals.

With the overpopulation problem I think its always a good idea to raise only the number of birds that you want for your projects, replacement of breeders and can reasonable pass on to other folks.
 
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