Egg-laying cycle

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wolfpacker, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    Well now that I'm finally starting to get some eggs, I was wondering about the egg-laying cycle. I know I"ve seen here or elsewhere an explanation about the egg-laying process and the time it takes, along with a statement similar to, "If a chicken lays at X o'clock today, she will lay at Y o'clock tomorrow and so on," but I can't find it.
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    "It is said" that chickens have a 25 hour laying cycle - that is, if egg #1 is laid at 10 a.m. today, it will take about 25 hours for her to transport another egg thru the reproductive tract and she'll lay #2 around 11 a.m. tomorrow. Thus (again, "it is said") a chicken that lays daily will lay later and later each day, eventually skipping a day before resuming.

    Now, this may well be true as a statistical generalization across large numbers of chickens of some particular breed under some particular conditions.

    However, my girls (ISA Browns) lay their eggs at almost exactly the same time every day, day in, day out, virtually no variation nor missed days.

    Chickens can't read [​IMG]

    Last edited: Nov 23, 2007
  3. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    Thanks Pat.

    I'll got out and check mine right now. She laid yesterday at 8AM.
  4. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    I found that my new layers took a while to get their cycle regulated. My very first layer was on more of a 27 hr cycle, then she'd skip a day or 2, but then she'd lay a double yolker. It was easy to track then b/c only 2 out of the 15 were laying at the time (All the same age, but matured at diff rates) It took her a few weeks to get going. So don't be alarmed in the beginning if they don't lay according to what the books say. Eventually when they all started laying I couldn't keep tract of who was laying when. Wish I had a web cam.
  5. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    25 hours is the norm for really good layers. Last I knew a Black Australorp holds the world record for egg production-364 eggs in 365 days. That's a bit more than 1 every 25 hours, so it IS possible to have an egg a day, basically.

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