A lot of you allow your hens to lay in the nest and do not collect the eggs daily I am Reading. I collect the eggs daily from every nest and every pen. If I want the eggs for hatching I mark on the egg and properly store it till I get a broody or I incubate before the eggs get to old.
Been trying to get that point across myself. Seems like some are overthinking a fairly simple process. I noticed with my bantams that other hens would fight to get into the brood nest when mom got out to eat. That is exactly what you want. The eggs dont give a hoot who's warm butt is sitting on them as long as someone is :-) I learned to mark a few to incubate in my first few days messing with it. Can you remember exactly which eggs are supposed to stay by color, shape or size? I cant so i marked them :-) Someone said they thought one hen could incubate 18 eggs.....really? Even if they dont break some, they wont keep all of them evenly warm. If you really want to hatch that many get an incubator. Why beat yourself up and then blame the poor hens for not getting it right?