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how long does it take to lay an egg?

post #1 of 45
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It may be a silly question, but I'm worrying about my chicken. It's been sitting in the nest box and I don't know how long is normal. And when I should intervene.

It is about 17/18 weeks old and has been showing signs of getting ready to lay very red comb and wattles, squatting etc. for a few weeks now. Weve noticed some changes in straw arrangement in nest boxes, so they must have been visiting. The golf ball were buried under and nest made up in a straw.

Now two other chickens are outside and one sitting in the nesting box. What's up with that?

2 daughters and a hubby, 1 dog, 1 cat, and chickens: Easter Eggers, Brahma and Polish.

Excuse my awkward English; it's not my native language.

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2 daughters and a hubby, 1 dog, 1 cat, and chickens: Easter Eggers, Brahma and Polish.

Excuse my awkward English; it's not my native language.

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post #2 of 45

If this is the first time she is laying an egg, it can take a while.  i've noticed mine tend to fuss, get in then out of the box, act distressed.  It's all new to them so can be a bit traumatic.  Even seasoned hens will tend to sit in the nest box for hours sometimes before laying. 

You do want to keep an eye on her, though.  i had a hen prolapse on her first egg.  But that was an unusual event, so don't want to scare you.  Just keep an eye on her to make sure things come out okay.   Generally they will lay within 12 hours once they nest.

Colleen
EE, Australorp, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Mille Fleur and Porcelain D'Uccles, Bantam Salmon Faverolles, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians and Maine Coon Cat, Ducks, and Sebastopol Geese.

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Colleen
EE, Australorp, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Mille Fleur and Porcelain D'Uccles, Bantam Salmon Faverolles, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians and Maine Coon Cat, Ducks, and Sebastopol Geese.

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post #3 of 45
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Thank you very much for your reply. That's exactly what I needed to know. It would be her first egg, and our first too, so we are all very apprehensive. We will be watching and checking on her.

2 daughters and a hubby, 1 dog, 1 cat, and chickens: Easter Eggers, Brahma and Polish.

Excuse my awkward English; it's not my native language.

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2 daughters and a hubby, 1 dog, 1 cat, and chickens: Easter Eggers, Brahma and Polish.

Excuse my awkward English; it's not my native language.

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post #4 of 45
Thread Starter 

OMG!!! We got an egg!!!wee

Haven't seen it yet, but my daughter called all eggcited!!!

2 daughters and a hubby, 1 dog, 1 cat, and chickens: Easter Eggers, Brahma and Polish.

Excuse my awkward English; it's not my native language.

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2 daughters and a hubby, 1 dog, 1 cat, and chickens: Easter Eggers, Brahma and Polish.

Excuse my awkward English; it's not my native language.

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post #5 of 45

Wooot!  There is nothing more exciting than the first egg!

"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."  ~Albert Schweitzer
Fight factory farms!
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"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."  ~Albert Schweitzer
Fight factory farms!
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post #6 of 45

We got our first three days ago! Congrats for yours!! I have a question of my own.  My buff orpington was panting and squirming around in the nesting box for quite awhile before an egg. When it was done she looked about ready to pass out! How do you help with her stress?

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"Because he knows you have to laugh...just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world form running you plumb crazy."
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

My page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=52005
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post #7 of 45

Congrats on your first egg. smile

Very busy Mom and Wife.

Enjoy everyday.

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Very busy Mom and Wife.

Enjoy everyday.

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post #8 of 45

Yay! I wanted to frame mine, but I ate it instead. Seemd less wasteful.
Congrats!!

post #9 of 45

Wow!!!! all this congrats, it's new to me:)

I suppose I might as well get in on the act though:cool:

I got my first 6 hens on Wednesday 4th August, they are supposedly 19-20 weeks point of lay pullets.
I have them 8 days now and no eggs. To be honest I can't wait for them to lay, I think it will make the hobby a lot more interesting.

I have a query I hope someone can throw some light on for me... This morning I fed the hens some left over porridge (I think you call it oatmeal in the US) with sugar. They 'hopped off it' as we say here in Ireland... that means they devoured it. I might add that they were not over enamoured with any other leftovers I gave them. At lunch time I made some more porridge with sugar, and they 'hopped off it' again. When I came home from work this evening they were noisier than usual and seemed somewhat hyper. Could this be the sugar? or the porridge? Should I continue this treat or stop it?
Thanks for your help.

Pat:/

"A day without laughter is a day wasted"  Charles Chaplin
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"A day without laughter is a day wasted"  Charles Chaplin
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post #10 of 45

No sugar, they do not need it. keep watching for your first egg...it is worth it!

I have Henrietta, an  Australorp bantam, Hannah, a cuckoo x partridge wyandotte bantam. And the Araucana X Pekin girls, Anna and Alice.
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I have Henrietta, an  Australorp bantam, Hannah, a cuckoo x partridge wyandotte bantam. And the Araucana X Pekin girls, Anna and Alice.
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