Collecting eggs from your chickens should be a daily task during peak-egg season, which is spring through fall. If you can, twice a day is even better. The longer your eggs sit in the nesting boxes, the higher chance you have for broken eggs or manure covered eggs. One way to minimize those two problems is to encourage your hens to sleep somewhere other than their nesting boxes. The best way to encourage them out of their nesting boxes is to place a perch above the box. Chickens prefer to sleep on perches but if there isn’t any available, they will stay in their boxes.
Now that you’ve collected your eggs, how do you clean them? How you plan on storing your eggs will determine how you clean your eggs. When eggs are laid they have a layer called ‘Bloom’ on them. This is a protective protein layer that is put on the egg as it leaves the chicken. You can wipe your eggs clean with a dry cloth and keep them unrefrigerated, but if you wash the eggs at all, you should assume the Bloom has been removed and the eggs should be refrigerated. If you’ve chosen to wash and refrigerate your eggs, using our Manna Pro Egg Cleanser will help get your eggs sparkly clean.
Incubating your own eggs is a great way to add to your flock. Hatching your own chicks opens all kinds of possibilities regarding breeds, color variations and mixed breeds for your flock. While your eggs are incubating, you can check your eggs for development using an egg candler. Hatching your eggs at home adds tons of fun for the whole family and a great learning experience for your kids!