My Pekin lays an egg per day. She stops laying in cold winter months, but started laying again this year in February. I have always just collected the egg daily.
I finally adopted a drake, and since they seemed so "compatible" I left the eggs to see what she would do. At 15 eggs, she started sitting and is a very protective broody hen. She is at day 10 sitting. She rolled one egg out of the nest, so I removed it. She leaves the nest for a short swim and grass eating, usually every evening. Her pal is penned up with her at night, and acts like the daddy of a pregnant wife! (Actually, he sometimes looks confused, like the daddy of a pregnant wife. Lol)