1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

What time is best for egg collecting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ajlynco, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. ajlynco

    ajlynco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2011
    Reno, NV.
    When do hens typically lay thier eggs and when is the best time to collect them. My nesting boxes are external and this winter I'm concerned about the eggs setting all day in the cold weather. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    If the weather is below freezing I'd collect them two or three times a day. Otherwise once a day in the later afternoon to early evening gets the job done for us.
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Same here, mine are finished laying by 3-4:00 pm so I collect eggs, feed and water, chore when I get home from work. This way the eggs don't sit in the nest boxes all night and run the risk of damage or freezing.
  4. chloedancer

    chloedancer New Egg

    Oct 18, 2011
    My hens lay from the time the sun comes up until it sets. Since I am home all day I collect them 4-5 times a day. When the temps are really cold I will check for eggs every hour or so. I hate having hatching eggs ruined by freezing.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by