Found Our First Egg In The Nestbox, Now What?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Break an Egg, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    Okay, my EE's are 21 weeks old Friday. I found their first egg yesterday. And I'm very excited. Now I've got all these ?'s and I need some help please.

    1. I have 3 girls the same age. Found one egg. What can I expect now? An egg a day or every other day? Do they start laying all of a sudden, or am I going to have to wait a week or 2 for another one?

    2. I free range my girls during the day, and I have started mixing in oyster shell with their food which is in their coop. Should I expect them to lay again in the nesting box, or should I scour our backyard for more eggs? I am worried about our turkey who also free ranges finding eggs and eating them.

    3. Do hens lay at the same time every day, or at a certain time of day?
    I'm just wondering if I should be checking in the evening too.

    We are very lucky to find the egg in the nesting box. I haven't found any golf balls to stick in there yet, so I must have some smart girls. lol I just hope that the nesting boxes is where the rest of the eggs will be.
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  2. TanksHill

    TanksHill In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2008
    Vista, Ca.
    Congrats on the new egg!!! I love those first few tiny ones. My girls allways went back to the house for laying even when they were free ranging. I doubt all the girls will lay at the exact same time. Especially in the summer heat. Keep your eyes open though! Gina
  3. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    Thanks, I sooo need to take a pic, but it is beautiful and sea green. This makes me want to run outside and check every 5 mins. lol
  4. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    Anyone else>???
  5. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

    Jul 31, 2008
    houston tx
    the hen who layed will lay around the same time of day every time she lays. she may not lay everyday but if you are lucky she will i know i was lucky cause both mine started the same day and layed once a day everyday
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 20, 2007
    Once everyone begins to lay, you can expect an egg a day from everyone while they are pullets. This will prolly continue until the first molt, if they are properly fed and watered....

  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    It takes 26 hours for a chicken to "make" an egg; thus, they will lay a bit later each day. I've never known one to lay every single day, because of the time it takes to make an egg.

    They don't typically lay at night, although I have one that every now & again will lay very early (before 5 a.m.).

    Typically, they lay before late afternoon (like before 5 p.m.). But they all have their own little quirky egg-laying habits, too!! Some folks who freerange them leave them in the run/coop until the afternoon, to make sure the eggs laid by then are laid in nest boxes and they don't have to search for them. I would think the others won't be far behind in laying, but you never know about that, either. My first batch - I had 6 - when the first one laid (at 21 weeks), the next one laid the very next day, and I had 4 laying and they never skipped a beat. But, the last 2 didn't begin laying until 32+ weeks! Those 2 consistently lay Jumbo or XL sized eggs, so it was worth the wait. Enjoy! [​IMG]
  8. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Songster

    Mar 26, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Congrats on the Egg! [​IMG]
  9. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    Quote:Thanks, I can't wait to get some more. I was even trying to tell who layed it by looking at vents yesterday lol.....
  10. Jayon

    Jayon In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    I would be careful about mixing in the oyster shells with feed. I have heard excessive amounts of calcium can do more harm then good. I would get a separate feeder so they can eat it as they need it.


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