how long after brooding before hen resumes laying eggs


In the Brooder
May 8, 2016
My Rhode Island Red produced 4 or 5 eggs a week before going through a brooding period of 3 to 4 weeks. She has now resumed a daily routine with her 4 sisters, Sussex, Orpington, Leghorn and another Red, of foraging during the day in my backyard, particularly the flower beds. The others, in spite of the Florida summer heat and humidity, each have maintained egg production of on average 5 eggs per week. However, the Red has not yet laid a single egg. How long does it normally take for a healthy hen to resume laying after a brooding cycle?
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BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Mar 9, 2014
Northern Colorado
I have many broody chickens and have found that for every day they were broody I can count on a day of not laying. That means if broody for 24 days I should not expect to see an egg from her for at least 24 days after getting off the nest.

It stinks waiting such a long time but nature is funny that way.

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