Each morning I let my hens out as soon as possible.
This exposes them to as much daylight and helps keep egg production up. I'll briefly look over them as they burst out of the coop and they should generally look bright eyed, tail up and begin strutting around or scratching away searching for food.
The Right Way to Keep Chickens
by Virginia Shirt
Diatom - Effective treatment and prevention for Red Mite
When selecting eggs to hard boil, choose eggs which are over 3 days old to avoid the egg white clinging too much to the membrane (which can make peeling more tricky).