Our 4 hens & two roosters are all 4 months old. I have determined our either our Rhode Island Red or Barred Rock is laying eggs about once a day shortly after I open their coop door in the morning. They free range all day. Either the RIR is laying them & the BR is sitting on them OR the BR is laying them & the RIR is just being nosy & hanging out with her under our hostas. Anyway.... How quickly do I need to collect the eggs & get in to the refrigerator? We've had 90-something degree days but this week it's in the 70's. How do I encourage the hens to lay eggs in the coop's nest boxes? I don't want chicks....aside from re-homing the rooster, what can I do to prevent it? Polish rooster is a gem....but he crows A LOT. Its hilarious how he throws back his head & his neck contorts into the shape of a snake. Anyway, the Dark Brahma is the same age & not trying to mate or crow, however he is getting aggressive toward me when I open the coop door & fill feed/water dishes in the yard. Is this par for course once their hens start laying eggs? Thanks! ps. egg shells are thick, eggs uniform brown color, yolk great color & shape and eggs themselves are on the smaller size.