We usually check on the chickens (and really, check for eggs) several times per day. They tend to lay most of their eggs by noon, but egg-laying often spans from dawn to dusk–contrary to what either of the White Pine Farm humans had assumed before acquiring said chickens.
On Tuesday, I left for work at 7:15 am per usual and Ron was also gone from then until 2:00 in the afternoon. When he checked on the chickens upon returning home, there were fives eggs in one (small) nest box. They generally have “favorite” nest boxes, and often several of the eggs will get laid in the same box on the same day. But if we check for eggs over the course of the day, we’re usually taking the eggs out before the next one(s) get laid.
Obviously, not Tuesday!
I would have loved to see chicken #4 or #5 trying to settle into the nest box with three or four eggs already there. Seems more than a bit awkward and precarious and it’s amazing none of the eggs broke, but I guess they really wanted to lay in that nest box.