Advice on frequncy of egg collection.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Seachicks01, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. Seachicks01

    Seachicks01 Hatching

    Mar 1, 2015
    How often does everyone collect eggs and does collecting eggs more often result in more eggs being produced?
  2. Bruberi

    Bruberi In the Brooder

    Feb 28, 2015
    I collect mine three times in the morning as that's when my girls lay. Sadly doesn't increase daily rate but does stop my broody ladies from deciding to sit
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Collecting often does not increase production .....nor will it deter a serious broody hen.

    I collect once a day when the weather is good, when I close up the pop door at dusk.
    In winter I collect more often to avoid cracked eggs from freezing.
    If I'm collecting for hatching when it's still really cold, I go out every hour.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I agree. Collecting them more often will not cause them to lay any more or any less. There is a lot of discussion and debate on whether letting the eggs pile up affects if a hen goes broody. My opinion is that letting the eggs pile up will not cause a hen to go broody, collecting them often will not prevent a hen from going broody, but if a hen is thinking about going broody letting them pile up may help her make up her mind. I use fake eggs (golf balls) for that.

    I’m retired and around a lot. I collect them whenever I’m down there. That may be once a day when I lock them up at night or it may be several times a day. But I do make sure they are collected at least once a day. I don’t like to leave eggs in the nest overnight. I think that can attract snakes and maybe rats. Mine are securely locked up at night so I don’t worry about the eggs attracting possums and skunks.

    Even if you have a hen go broody and you have a rooster with the flock to fertilize the eggs, as long as you collect them once a day they are good to eat, even if they have been under a broody all day. If you don’t collect them daily and they are under a broody overnight, you can get a surprise when you open them.
  5. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    I make a habit of visiting 2x a day.

    ~8am, and 8pm.

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