EgGs 2, 4 , 6 A dAy???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kera!, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Navajo County
    ok so i keep reading every where chicken owners say i have a hen who lays 2 or 3 eggs a day????huh???what???i think this is obsurd!!just read a thing on yahoo were a guys said his layed 8 a day another girls chimmed in and said mine lays 3-4 a day one hen !What the world???I have the wrong chicken please chime in and tell me what the most egs from one hen you got or know someone else got!!!what kind of chickens do you have?
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    To answer your question, "What the H is this." It's B.S. plain and simple. Upon occassion when the "egg assembly line" missfires a hen may lay 2 eggs in a 24 hour period, but then she generally skips the next day.
  3. MyKidLuvsGreenEgz

    MyKidLuvsGreenEgz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2011
    Colorado Plains
    Agreed. It's BS. They're trying to get someone to do something, or trying to appear more high-falutin' than they are. Ignore, I'd say.
  4. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    I have 11 hens. I average 10 a day. Sometimes 9 and once in awhile I get 11. That is all I get.
  5. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    A chicken will lay an egg every 24-26 hours and that's it.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    It takes about 25 hours for an egg to make it through the hen's internal laying factory from the time the yolk starts its journey until the egg is laid. There is nothing that says the next egg cannot start before the first egg is laid. Some hens lay about the same time each day, which means that the next egg starts just before the first egg is laid. Some seem to lay a bit later each day, which shows the second egg starts about when the first egg is laid. I don't know if there is a trigger there or not. I think it is simply that hens that start eggs about 24 to 25 hours apart live and reproduce to pass on those genetics.

    Sometimes a hen's internal egg factory does not function properly. She starts two yolks fairly close together, or at least not a day apart. If they are close enough together, you may get a double yolked egg. If here is a little more space between starting times, she may lay two eggs in one day. In this case, the second egg usually has a very thin or soft shell. The shell gland does not have enough time to secrete enough shell material. This has nothing to do with how much calcium they are eating. The shell gland simply does not have enough time to secrete enough shell material for this second egg.

    It is quite possible for a hen to lay two eggs in a day. It is possible that the second egg could even have enough shell on it that you don't notice it is a little thin, say if the second egg is laid several hours after the first. I can accept that on a rare occasion, a hen may lay two decent eggs in one day, but I do not accept that it is normal for a hen to regularly lay two well formed and developed eggs regularly. I certainly do not accept that a hen will lay more than two well formed and developed eggs in a day.

    I don't necessarily believe that someone is purposely passing on bad information when they report that. I just consider them confused about where the eggs came from.
  7. mamaguigan

    mamaguigan Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 1, 2011
    I have four chickens and was surprised to have 6 eggs one day, in a 6 hour period. and still had 3 the next day. And one hen gathered them all underneath her!! I'm sure it was a glitch in there system, but my kids talked about for a few days, and were disappointed for a while to be back to 2-4 eggs a day!!
  8. Aria

    Aria Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 15, 2010
    This week we have been gathering 9 eggs one day and 7 all days after.
    We have 14 Silkies. 7 daily seems to be the norm at this time of year.

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