When is it a good time to assume and start collecting eggs after my Beltsville Whites do the deed?? With my chickens I wait a couple of days, a week at most to be totally safe and to assure the males are actually doing it right. Seems the younger the bird the more awkward the whole deed, lol. To the best of my knowledge, as we put them together just a matter of hours ago, the jake has done nothing with his new girlfriend. He seemed awkward, sort cute though. I'd like to think that he will just get it done and I could start collecting this week. Is this possible?? What's y'alls rule of thumb for time after breed to start collecting eggs for hatch??