Do they only lay eggs during the day?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by porkchop48, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been checking on the new chickens every morning before work... not an egg to be found.

    I come home in the after noon and find about 2 dozen. Do they not lay eggs at night?
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    Generally - no, they don't. Chickens do not see well in the dark, and do not get off the roost until daylight. Eggs laid at night are often smashed by the fall from roost.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    An egg laid at night is usually a mistake of some sort. The only time I've seen it, it has been soft shelled.
     
  4. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:My granny had 200 hens at all times and occasionally (once or twice a month) we would find one under the roost. They were always normal eggs though.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:My granny had 200 hens at all times and occasionally (once or twice a month) we would find one under the roost. They were always normal eggs though.

    That's a whole lot more experience than I have! [​IMG]

    Interesting.... I do find a good egg under the roost once in a while, but it's never been there at the first check of the day. In the end, chickens are such individuals, probably someone somewhere has one who lays at night regularly!
     
  6. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you guys.

    I know these guys are probably still adjusting to the move and recoving from not being fed the greatest food, but just was not sure about the night time laying.


    The lady had said she left a light on all night for them in the coop due to them being scared of the dark...They have no night time light at my house.
     

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