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Do chickens only lay eggs in the morning?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PeepsAreForMe, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it sounds like a dumb question, but my husband asked me this morning and I said, well I don't know! I just assumed it happened in the morning. I left for work and one or two of my girls were making odd sounds so I told him to check - they are getting ready to lay and every morning I've been checking! Nothing yet . . .
     
  2. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine USUALLY all lay before noon. Occasionally after noon, and once was at night.
     
  3. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Well I hope if they lay during the day they don't mess with their eggs. I work and won't be able to collect them until the evening.
     
  4. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i collect only in the evening on work days and have not had any major problems with eggs getting eaten. but if they do crack one jostling around, they will gobble it up in a heart beat. shell included.
     
  5. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine lay from morning until around 2p. Sometimes 3p. It's mostly wrapped up by 11a, but by no means completely.
     
  6. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so basically I have to check all day long till I get one!! LOL I don't mind.
     
  7. terryg

    terryg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It takes about 26 hours to lay an egg, so IF your hen lays daily, she'll lay later and later each day. Some of mine lay late in the afternoon. But, they don't lay at night. So, she might skip a day, and then start again early in the morning.
     
  8. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    I run down often. Beats going to the gym.

    Eventually your girls will bleat out the egg song and you'l know when to go. Well, it's not a sure thing but I often run down if someone is singing! It's so fun to find a warm egg.
     
  9. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Egg Math:
    Chickens are both predictable and fickle.

    The rule of thumb is they lay an egg every 25 hours, but different
    breeds and for that matter different individuals within a breed have
    their own schedule typically 25-30 hours. I have some hens who are early
    morning layers and I have some who wouldn't be caught in a nest box
    before 10am. At the other end of the day they generally stop laying for
    the day within 2 hours before roost up for the night. This is where
    then whole thing about using artificial light comes in to play in the
    winter time to "lengthen" the "laying day". Just stating that point to
    give you insight into the biology involved, please not to open the
    debate about the pros and cons of using lights in a timer in the winter
    time :) Deal..I won't.

    Lets look at a hypothetical chicken schedule. lets say your hen has a
    26 hour clock and lays her first egg in her "new" cycle at 9 AM on
    Monday , Tuesday she will lay at 11AM, Wednesday at 1PM and Thursday at
    3PM ...On Friday you might expect her to lay at 5PM but since this is
    getting close to roost up a 6:30PM ..she will hold off and lay instead
    at 9AM on Saturday.starting the next cycle. Ahh that explains why I
    thought for a while the time was reversing.

    Too some degree the hens can decide to hold on to the eggs for any
    number of reasons thus delaying and moving the whole schedule to the
    right. Let say Henny-Penny is sitting in the nest box at 2:30 pm
    thinking about her 3 PM egg when you walk in to do some chores in the
    coop..She gets all agitated by your presence, jumps down and runs
    outside skipping her 3 PM egg and holding on to it till 9AM the next
    day. If I had disturbed Henny-Penny at an 11AM laying she will likely
    come back and lay the egg later the same day ( say noon ), her 26 hour
    clock is reset by the act of laying the egg and tomorrow she will lay at
    2PM.

    Pullets are less predictable to be sure and it takes months for their
    schedules to settle in. As I said the cycle time varies from individual
    to individuation. You can set a watch by my Australorps who are 25 hour
    layers. I have one Americauna who has a 30 hour cycle, and I have a 3
    year Buff Orpington with a 27 hour clock who lays 4oz eggs that it
    hurts to look at. She lays for a week or two then takes a month break
    ...lays for another two weeks and takes a break ... I guess I would too,
    it cant be any fun for a 7lb hen to be laying eggs the size of goose eggs.

    So the only constant is the "no laying 2 hours before roost time" rule
    which also gets earlier as the days shorten.
    ^the above was copy/pasted - tyvm to the chick who typed it out! ;)
     
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  10. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL I was just about to give you so much credit for all that knowledge!!! But really, thanks - this explains a lot!! I will never really know their schedule unless my DH comes home one day and tells me I can quit my job, because then I would be with them 24/7!!!
     

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