Being new to this, I have had tons of questions and this forum is a wonderful resource for info but I do have a few more questions: I have heard that it is difficult to hard boil a fresh egg? Something to do with the air pocket? If true, are there any tips out there? Also, how long can eggs be stored after retrieving them from the coop? Thank you soo much for all the info you have provided - I just ordered my chicks today from the local feed store - 4 Rhode Island Reds and 4 Buff Orpingtons, coming Monday - Can't wait!!!