About what time of day do hens lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by molliescollies, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. molliescollies

    molliescollies In the Brooder

    Jul 30, 2009
    Hi everyone. I have a question. I have five wonderful hens that are about 20 weeks old (various breeds). Here is the situation. I put the hens up at night into their coop. I have to leave early in the morning for work (right after sunrise). I usually open the coop and let the girls roam free until the evening when they go back in the coop. Here's my question: Do chickens typically lay early in the AM, like my ducks? My ducks are usually done laying by sunrise. I am wondering if I should leave the hens in so they will lay in the boxes instead of all over the yard. Those of you with more experience, I would love to read your thoughts. Thanks!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Anytime. I have some regularly lay at 7 p.m.
  3. koifarm

    koifarm Songster

    Most of mine lay in the morning hours, I usually check for eggs about 1pm and will normally get them all. I do have one hen who now lays in the afternoons and I'll find one egg when I go to close them up for the night.
    But as things go, they can lay just about any time of the day.....just depends on your hens. You can get them together and discuss with them what you would like to do, like have all the eggs in by noon, but be careful, some hens will not look at you when you say that and will figure they can do what they want.....
  4. Vanessabuffsnsilkies

    Vanessabuffsnsilkies Songster

    May 26, 2009
    NE Ohio
    I have an 8mo old silkie who is on a 3 day schedule. She will lay morning, next day afternoon, next day late afternoon (around 3) then a day off.Then she starts the same cycle over. She's very fussy so everyone within a 3 mile radius knows she's fixin to lay an egg.
  5. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Mine lay mostly in the am but there is always one or two that lay about 5 pm. The hens each have their own revolving schedule. Some lay later each day some almost the same time. Individual as all get out. Gloria Jean
  6. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Carroll County, Va

    Mine don't pay any attention to my convenience either!
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2009
  7. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    Most of mine lay in the am too. It gets really noisy out there for a couple of hours! But, like many others, I get a few at other times (one around 2pm and a couple around 5pm or later). Just leave the hen door open and most will go inside to lay even if they are free-ranging. I have gotten a couple that were laid outside the coop but now they all seem to have finally figured out that the nests are cozier (and more private:). Although I have heard that Banties are famous for hiding their eggs in very out-of-the-way spots (I don't have any Banties).
    Good Luck!!!
  8. raspeary

    raspeary Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cortland New York
    the two or three that I have laying, lay their eggs anytime of day. Sometimes it's the same time of day for a couple of days and sometimes it's not.
  9. Terri

    Terri Songster

    Dec 1, 2008
    Level Cross, NC
    mine rarely lay in the am, we look in the morning, and collect about 5 pm
  10. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    I have two RIR that lay before 9 am---the others lay in the afternoon--I collected eggs at 4:30 and when I locked the girls up tonight, there was an egg in the nest box...so someone laid after 4:30 and before 8!!

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