Can a chicken lay 2 eggs at once?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jodeep, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. jodeep

    jodeep Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a flock of 15 hens, only one of which is laying so far. This is our first time keeping chickens, so I'm not sure what to expect. We started with 6--and added 9 more a few weeks later. One of the 'orginal' six is a White Leghorn--she just started laying last Tuesday, at 17 weeks and she has been awesome! We have gotten an egg a day, up until yesterday. Then today, I went out to see if she had laid one yet today, and found two!

    Our original six hens consist of the White Leghorn, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 RIR's. They are 18 weeks old. The 9 that we added later are: 3 White Leghorns, 1 RIR, 3 Black Americaunas, and 3 silver laced wyandottes. They are around 14 weeks.

    So, did Betty (the leghorn) lay both? Or was it another hen? They were both in the same spot.

    Thanks!

    ETA: There were no eggs this morning when I let them out--around 8:30, and the 2 were there at noon when I went out.
     
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  2. leeyuh

    leeyuh Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a RIR (i think it's the RIR) who is laying at 18 weeks. My guess is that one of your RIR's is starting to lay. She is probably getting the cue from the leghorn that the nesting box is where she's supposed to deposit her egg. I guess the only way to find out is to see if you consistently get 2 eggs from now on....next week it might be 3! [​IMG]
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:RIRs lay brown eggs, don't they? And the Leghorn lays a white egg.
     
  4. leeyuh

    leeyuh Out Of The Brooder

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    whoops...I'm unfamiliar with white leghorns! Thought they laid brown eggs.
     
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  6. jodeep

    jodeep Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, they were both white! That's why I am confused! All the other hens should lay brown or colored eggs I believe, except the other 3 leghorns, but they are all month younger!
     
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    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is possible when they first start laying. Other posters have had this experience.
     
  8. plantoneonme

    plantoneonme Out Of The Brooder

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    My RIR surprised me one day by laying 1 really big egg and 1 that was the size of a large marble. The big one was a double yoker and the little on had no yolk [​IMG]
     
  9. Stylinjinx

    Stylinjinx Just Hatched

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    I have 7 hens, 1 Roo
    I check the nesting boxes periodically because they just started laying. Two days in a row, one chicken left a box and I found two eggs both mornings, same time. Either two hens share this box or she laid 2 eggs. But I haven't seen only the one in there for like an hour each time.
    All Australorps. Help solve this mystery!
     
  10. BF Vince

    BF Vince New Egg

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    My leghhorn lays very light brown eggs.
     

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