Do Chickens always lay eggs in the morning?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by m_shuman, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    Springfield, GA
    Is there any certain time of day that chickens lay?
  2. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

    Aug 4, 2011
    i was wondering that too?![​IMG]
  3. oneofseven

    oneofseven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Augusta, Ga
    So far I have 1 out of 5 laying. She will lay anytime before 3 pm. Sometimes in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Nope. I ha e morning layers, and afternoon layers.

    Basically, it takes about 26 hours to "build" an egg, with 19 of those hours involved in creating the shell. With 24 hour days, this means the next egg will be ready to lay a little bit later in the day for those breeds which are daily layers. By the time the cycle has reached late afternoon or early evening, the hen won't lay until the next day, and the cycle begins anew.

    Those chickens who do not lay an egg a day (their production is lower) may keep to a sort of "early" or "late" egg laying schedule. Or not.
  5. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    No, but all cartoons show that.

    Each chicken makes about one egg in 26-28 hours so the time of day for most chickens changes throughout the week.

    Established layers also do not/do not seem to lay at night - new layers may drop one in sleep.

    My hens lay anytime from first light of daylight up to about 2 hours before nightfall.
  6. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    I too have both morning and late afternoon layers. Well explained gryeyes. This thread is just like school. You learn something new everyday. Thanks
  7. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    My RSL hens usually lay before they are out of the shed by 10am.The EEs tend to lay all day long,but usually not past 4pm.It varies so I check all day.
  8. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    I collected eggs around 3:30pm today. Just went out about 7pm and found 2 more eggs. I have some late layers. Then again they don't go to bed at a decent time either.
  9. Wildflower_VA

    Wildflower_VA Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Australorps have only been laying for a little over two weeks and they are all over the clock. I had read many places that you keep them in the coop until late morning before letting them out to free range so they will lay in the nest boxes. That might work with more mature chickens, after they have been laying a while, but when I tried it, I was finding eggs out in the pasture/woods where they free range and in nest boxes very late in the day that I had collected from in the middle of the day.
  10. Erin~TheChickenLover

    Erin~TheChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    Arkansas River Valley
    Nope! I have one silly chicken who likes to lay around 7:00 at night! [​IMG]

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