6 Hens but never 6 eggs. Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickendude, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 6 RIR hens have been laying for almost 12 weeks. I will get 5 eggs one day then 3 or 4 the next day then 5 again the following day. But I have never got 6 eggs in a day. I am wondering if one didn't start laying or if that is the cycle they are on. Any opinions?
     
  2. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea! It confuses me muchly that so many people say that they dont have everyone laying everyday, mine always lay everyday. I would expect RIR to lay daily at this point in their life.

    Then again, isnt it winter on your side of the world? That doesnt help

    ETA: not every every day.. they take a day or 2 off a month, but most mornings I find 3 eggs neatly piled in the nest
     
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  3. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

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    In my experience I have noticed that some are " every other day" hens! I don't know why that is. I have 18 hens and when they are laying normal (they are just now coming out of a molt) I get anywhere from 12- 16 a day.
     
  4. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes it is winter on my side of the globe. But I find it strange to not get 6 in a day. Even if only once every few days.
     
  5. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Every other day hens? ok that sounds plausible that I have one of those. [​IMG]
     
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  6. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Yes, I agree with thechickenchick, some of my hens lay every other day or so.

    Also, the daylight times could be affecting their productivity.
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    You could have one hen that isn't laying at all.
     
  8. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mahonri I think you may be correct. I am hoping that if this is the case she will begin in the spring.
     
  9. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Winter, lack of daylight, and the cold weather makes a difference. When you get into April or May I think you will see your maximum egg production.
     
  10. RocketDad

    RocketDad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 hens of 5 different breeds. They started laying in mid August. During September and early October we had 5-egg-days pretty often, but now I get 3-4 eggs per day. Now when I get a 5-egg day I cheer!

    When my Egyptian Fayoumis was molting she took about 3 weeks off. My Red Star hasn't taken a single day off since late August. The others lay for 2 or 3 or 4 days, variably, then take one day off, with nobody in synch. I expect them to pick up the pace as the days get longer.
     

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