Egg collection time ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JimnJanet, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. JimnJanet

    JimnJanet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard said.... wait till the end of the day to collect yer eggs.
    Any veracity to this ?
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    I collect several times throughout the day. If too many lay in the same nest an egg can get broke dirtying up the other eggs.

    Also I have some ladies that will start setting if enough eggs are in their favorite nests.

    Matt
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  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I collect 2-3 times a day. keeps the eggs from getting as messy as they have been when I tried collecting at the end of the day.
     
  4. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you wait until the end of the day you are sure to get all that were laid that day. Eggs left overnight attract critters. So if you don't want to be running out to the coop several times a day or can't(job?) it's best to get them at the end of the day.
     
  5. Yogiman

    Yogiman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's an old wives tale with no logic. There are a number of reasons to collect the eggs through out the day if possible. Weather conditions being one of them, i.e. extreme cold or heat. A broken egg in a nest is not only messy, it often times leads to egg eating by the hens. If they pick up that habit it is almost impossibe to break them.
    I know of no reason to leave eggs in the nest and risk losing them and or establishing an unwanted habit in the hens.
     
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I agree. Those are the very reasons to collect often. It is good flock management.

    bigzio
     
  7. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I collect them several times a day, as others have said they will get dirty, broken and then eaten.
     
  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I'm sure a lot of us have no choice but to collect them when we finally get home from work at 5:30. Wish I could be home to collect throughout the day!
     

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