Hen Takes Suuuuuper Long To Lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Headers Hen House, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Headers Hen House

    Headers Hen House In the Brooder

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    One of my girls takes about 20 minutes to lay.

    The other girl takes almost 2 hours. She'll be in the nesting box for a very long time, why?

    I've gone and checked on her when I'm home, she's not broody or anything she just takes a long time to do the deed. Why? I also have a live cam on the boxes so I keep up with them quite frequently.
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Some girls just like to nest longer than others. Ive had loungers that spend 2+hours quietly awaiting the arrival of their egg in the comfort of the box and busybodies who run in, barely made it to the nest, drop the egg and get back outside so they don't miss anything that might be going on. Personality differences is all
     
  3. Clemmy

    Clemmy Chirping

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    hmm, if longer than that, this could be an egg bound hen. if not, just give her some time. if so, contact me.
     
  4. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    x2, Ol Grey Mare.

    The leghorns tend to be "fast" layers--in and out in ten minutes, without a care for which nest box they use or how well it's bedded. I have one little EE cross who likes to sit in there half the morning, and will fight for the nesting box on the end.
     
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  5. Clemmy

    Clemmy Chirping

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    awwww, I love EE's. Their so sweet but they take a while to lay.. :love
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    x3 Ole Grey Mare....loungers...
    Before, after, or instead of laying.
    Some lounge for awhile, maybe even try out a couple nests, then go back and lay later.
    Fickle Chickens.
     
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  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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  8. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    I have had hens spend a days time in there,and after laying it they just sit there and sleep,escpecially the bigger lazier hens.
     
  9. andreanar

    andreanar Crowing

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    I have some like this too! One of my Faverolles goes in and out, in and out, then sits in the nest for 1.5 hours then hops out and drops her egg right outside the nest. :he:idunno
     
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  10. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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