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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sunflowerbee, Sep 20, 2016.
Should I remove eggs from nesting boxes right after the hens lay.
That's strictly a judgement call on your part.
Here's my rationale for gathering eggs right away. Eggs left in a nest box invite breakage as more hens stop in and lay on top of what's there. Eggs left in the box may get forgotten and spoil in warm weather.
On the other hand, eggs left in a nest invite other hens to lay there, making gathering the day's production simple.
I'm sure others can supply additional rationale for leaving or gathering eggs. Bottom line - it's not a critical issue. It's a choice not fraught with huge consequences either way.
Also broken eggs invites egg eating, which can turn some hens on to go looking for more.
Thanks so much.....
Eggs can stay in there for up to a week and still be fine, perfectly edible.
So there is no hurry to remove them.
I remove mine every evening when I get home from work. Some days I don't and just get them the next evening.
I do not work away from home...I collect eggs about 3 times a day...This year I have an entire new flock so my Pullets have not laid yet....I spend too much time with my Birds!
I spend a lot of time with mine too. I love them so much
We try and remove as soon as they are laid. Sometimes we actually get 'hot' eggs. I've been getting the girls once they leave box so I can put band on them & know for sure who is laying. They lay before 9 for 3 then before 2 if we get 4 eggs.
That's a great idea... My hens free range all day. Will it be okay to band my hens?
You can leg band any bird.
If you free range, are all your birds laying in the coop nests?
I gather eggs at least once a day, usually when I lock up after dark.
When pullets are coming into lay, I gather more often....out of excitement to see who laid what and to gather any thin or soft shells before they make a mess.
Also gather often if I have problem layer, had one hen laying lots of thin and soft shells before going into molt this year.....
....and a pullet who found they were tasty, so was keeping a close eye to keep opportunity low and the nests and other eggs clean.