When should I pick up the eggs my chickens have laid? My friend (he has over 70 chickens that are range/coop chickens) says I should pick them up the same time each evening between 6-7 p.m. I am afraid the chickens will crush/eat/damage the eggs, so I have taken them out as I find them. I have 14 eggs to date from my 4 hens over the past 2 weeks. What is the correct time to pull out the eggs?