How long can we not collect eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Studio2770, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Songster

    Apr 29, 2013
    We MAY head out of town for a couple of days. We have 7 hens and they sometimes all lay at the same time. Inevitably we'll have to have one of our neighbors let them out and close up the coop, and perhaps collect eggs. Since they're doing us a favor they should keep the eggs as a ""thank you." I'm just wondering how long can we NOT collect eggs? We have 3 nesting boxes.

  2. gameandmore

    gameandmore Chirping

    Nov 8, 2013
    Fort Worth
    I have had a hen go broody on 4 Eggs left in the nest box for 2 days.
  3. The risk that you take is that the eggs pile up and begin to break as the hens walk on them to lay more. When they start breaking the hens find out how good they taste and you may up with one or more that will start to break and eat eggs once they are laid. It can take weeks to break them of the habit. (To break them of the habit you can use golf balls or fake eggs... they will attempt to eat them and find out they can't, after a while they will stop trying).
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    This is really the only issue. I've found nests from free ranging birds that had been laid at least a week before and the eggs have been just fine. I float test them and if they pass, they're dinner. If you're really concerned about eggs that have been out that long, just discard them.

  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

    If your neighbor is tending the chooks, letting them in and out, let them have the eggs as payment.
    It's a nice thing to do and will be incentive and investment in the care for the chickens.
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  6. ChickenCurt

    ChickenCurt Chirping

    Jan 2, 2014
    I'd do as aart suggested.[​IMG]

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