Do hens typically lay their eggs in the a.m.??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mispollitos, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. mispollitos

    mispollitos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to open the door and hope she's laid her egg. Do hens typically lay their eggs in the a.m., early a.m., or at sunrise??? Probably a silly question but this is her first a.m. here & my 1st egg!!
     
  2. Audry

    Audry Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine lay them all times of the day
     
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Quote:x2. I have to pick up eggs a couple of times a day because they lay at different times.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    If I understand a hen's cycle correctly, some strains/breeds are on a 28 (or longer) hour cycle, which means, when she is at her peak, her time keeps rotating.

    There are a few, layer types, developed for commercial use, whose cycle is only 24 hours, which keeps them rotating for lay in the morning, every morning. This is a genetic disposition by breed and strain.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My newest layer seems to be an "early bird," but my girls lay all the way through late afternoon...
     
  6. mispollitos

    mispollitos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm hoping she'll lay in the nesting box...I opened the door and there was only poop in the box w/a golf ball in place. I suppose I can leave the hen & rooster in the tractor until this evening...hoping she'll get the hint. Or will the rooster be a distraction? I can let the rooster out to free range if she needs privacy. idk I don't want her to lay in the yard.
     
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    So has she laid an egg yet? And is she new to the coop?? If she's a new bird, it could be a few weeks, as chickens have a hard time adapting to change.
     
  8. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of mine lay noonish. Though I do have a 5 oclock layer too. I pick up eggs when I close up coop. By then they are done.
     
  9. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 3 aren't early morning layers, but by noon, I usually have 1-2 eggs, and then I have one girl that usually lays right after lunch. They kind of keep the same schedule, thank goodness, because God forbid somebody is hogging the nest when someone else has gotta lay!! The racket that ensues is quite funny! I didn't know chickens could curse! I have multiple nests, but they all like the same one.
     
  10. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Once they've been laying for a month or so in the nests, they should return to lay pretty dependably. Mine generally free range but return to the coop to lay. I get most of my eggs by noon but it's not unusual to find one or two around 4 PM. It would seem I have some on a 24 hour cycle and some on a little longer one.
     

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