I have two Brahma hens that are about 6 months old. The man who gave them to me has been telling me for over a month they should be laying and they weren't - but at least one of them started a few days ago. She's not very regular about it so I've been checking the coop (where they've been so far) and the tree they hang out under quite a bit to see if there's any getting dropped there. I've found most of them in the evening when they're still out - which means she goes back inside, lays her egg, and then comes back out again which is pretty cool. I found one this morning as well. My question is, if she lays an egg at noon, for example, how long can it be there before I collect it and still be good? My father is telling me that if I don't get it within about 30 minutes of it being laid that it will be bad, but that seems impossible. It's cold here (about 20 degrees at the moment) but their house is dry and I think warm. I don't keep it hot by any means but I do run a heater in the ceiling for a few hours at night just to keep it reasonably warm in there, somewhere around 45 degrees.