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how long does it take to lay an egg

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hi. how long does it take to lay an egg? As in, going in to the nesting box and taking (x) minutes until she leaves and I can collect. google gives me answers like "April-October" as in months. I want to know the minutes it takes for the egg to come out of the hen's (whatever)... thanks...

i got lots o' hens: my special mutt, Hope,Cuckoo Marans hen, Barred Rock,White Leghorn,Buff Silkie, White Bantam Frizzle Cochin

some roos too!: Cuckoo Marans, White Leghorn, Buff Silkie, and my special mutt Snippy

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i got lots o' hens: my special mutt, Hope,Cuckoo Marans hen, Barred Rock,White Leghorn,Buff Silkie, White Bantam Frizzle Cochin

some roos too!: Cuckoo Marans, White Leghorn, Buff Silkie, and my special mutt Snippy

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Can be a few minutes, can be hours. Hours

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I had the same question as you. What I am observing that it varies a lot by individual hen.  Some literally take hours, others go in and out and you wouldn't even have noticed it if they didn't sing their song.

 

I think there is probably not one answer to this, but it'd be interesting to hear what other people's experiences are. My chickens are only now starting to lay, they are about 6 months old.

34 chickens own me.  3 Black Australorps, 3 Dominiques, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 11 Welsummers, 3 golden comets, 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Ameraucana, 4 Anconas,  5 Marans and one Ameraucana Rooster..

Chicken Math in action -- sell three, buy seven -- build another coop - harvest two, order 12, and then some more and some more.  soon to be added: Quail!

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34 chickens own me.  3 Black Australorps, 3 Dominiques, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 11 Welsummers, 3 golden comets, 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Ameraucana, 4 Anconas,  5 Marans and one Ameraucana Rooster..

Chicken Math in action -- sell three, buy seven -- build another coop - harvest two, order 12, and then some more and some more.  soon to be added: Quail!

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I have one hen who goes into the nest, never says a work, lays her egg in a few minutes and is out. Then I have others who will sit on the nest for 2 or 3 hours yelling their heads off  and finally lay her egg.

So its a hen by hen thing.

4-EasterEgger, 3-Blk Australorps, 2-Silver Laced Wyandotts, 1 - gold laced Wyandott, 3-RIR, 1-Light Brahma, 2- Buff Orpingtons, 1  -Blue Rock, 1 - Delaware,  1 - Wheaten Maran, 2 - Cockoo Marans , 5 - Blk Minorcas, 1 - Buff Minorca, 3- Barred rocks, 2- White Giants, 2-great danes, 1-GSH, about 200+ Mexican Free Tailed bats

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4-EasterEgger, 3-Blk Australorps, 2-Silver Laced Wyandotts, 1 - gold laced Wyandott, 3-RIR, 1-Light Brahma, 2- Buff Orpingtons, 1  -Blue Rock, 1 - Delaware,  1 - Wheaten Maran, 2 - Cockoo Marans , 5 - Blk Minorcas, 1 - Buff Minorca, 3- Barred rocks, 2- White Giants, 2-great danes, 1-GSH, about 200+ Mexican Free Tailed bats

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I have one hen who goes into the nest, never says a work, lays her egg in a few minutes and is out. Then I have others who will sit on the nest for 2 or 3 hours yelling their heads off  and finally lay her egg.

So its a hen by hen thing.



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Originally Posted by florida lee View Post

I have one hen who goes into the nest, never says a work, lays her egg in a few minutes and is out. Then I have others who will sit on the nest for 2 or 3 hours yelling their heads off  and finally lay her egg.

So its a hen by hen thing.



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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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Once there was a hen laying in our little egg hatch, and I picked her up to check if there were eggs under her, and she layed an egg in my hand!

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Once there was a hen laying in our little egg hatch, and I picked her up to check if there were eggs under her, and she layed an egg in my hand!



Yummy!

Husband, father to a daughter and son.  11 laying hens, 2 Plymouth Partridge Rocks, 2 White Rocks, 3 Barred Rocks, 1 Americauna, 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Buff Opringtons!!



http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/670318/my-coop-project-pic-heavy/30#post_9165029
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Husband, father to a daughter and son.  11 laying hens, 2 Plymouth Partridge Rocks, 2 White Rocks, 3 Barred Rocks, 1 Americauna, 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Buff Opringtons!!



http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/670318/my-coop-project-pic-heavy/30#post_9165029
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My Buff Orpington lays one a day and each day in a different nest box. The eggs are a nice size coming from a newbie at egg laying, she just started a week ago! her sister hasn't laid any eggs yet. My 5 1/2 month old Banties aren't even thinking of laying yet.

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