I’ve noticed that on the days I have the larger number of eggs, they seem to come in batches. In other words, I can check for eggs and see none, and go back 45 minutes later and find three eggs in one nest. I’ve put a cardboard egg in both nests but they seem to prefer the one, each hen waiting her turn.
Since I’m generally home all day, I check for eggs frequently, especially in this heat. If I do catch a single egg and snatch it up, it seems I get less eggs and longer intervals between eggs on those days. I do keep track of how many eggs I get each day, but haven’t noted on paper how many I’m collecting at a time. I’m going to start doing that today.
Is this natural behavior for chickens, to get a clutch going? Do they wait for the first hen to lay an egg, then the rest can’t wait to add to the kitty, one after the other? I’m wondering if I left the single egg alone, would I get more eggs that day in a shorter time frame.
Big Bertha likes the new nest boxes. Don't know why she's crouched in the corner.
What’s your experience?
How big is your flock?
How many eggs do you average per day?
How often do you collect eggs?
If you collect more frequently, do you get less eggs than if you left them in a clutch?
I may write an article about this, and I’d love to include input from other chicken farmers along with my own data once I start documenting closer.