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How long do your hens sit in the nest before laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrsmaonaigh, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. mrsmaonaigh

    mrsmaonaigh Chirping

    Sep 2, 2010
    SE Georgia
    Some of my girls seem to be able to lay within half an hour but I have two girls who will sit on the nest for hours at a time before laying. They are such quirky little creatures.

  2. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

    Apr 20, 2010

    I have hens who go in and stop, drop and walk back out practically... Then we have Bella. Bella (white leghorn) starts talking...then she goes in and comes out and goes in and comes out...an hour later...she'll finally get to the nest and sit down... awhile later she'll be sitting in there looking around like she's waiting for a bus. Then she'll finally lay the egg...then more singing...she sits on it for awhile just to make sure no one else takes credit. She talks the loudest and the longest. The kids always come in and say, Bella's at it again...

    Silly chickens! [​IMG]
  3. 4hens4us

    4hens4us In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2010
    Ha ha.... "like she's waiting for the bus" That made me laugh today.
    I only have two that are laying right now and they seem to be pretty quick about it. I haven't heard the "egg song" from either of them. They're sly.
  4. Mak

    Mak Songster

    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    One of my Red Stars will jump into the nest box, turn around a few times, rearrange things to her liking and drop her egg. Takes about 10 minutes. The other 3 run anywhere from half an hour to 45 minutes. The one Dominique that is laying will sit in the farthest back of the nest box for 45 minutes or more, squawk, get out, walk around a bit, then jump into whatever box has a hen already in it, and lay there. They are all a little different. Some of them are just weird! LOL
  5. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Songster

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    My son was asking me this very question just yesterday, and I honestly could not answer him. I know now that it can be as quick as 10 minutes, but also up to 45-60 minutes. Is that the longest time or can it be several hours, as if the hen were broody? Just curious, and thanks for the great info. [​IMG]
  6. kano

    kano Songster

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    Red stars (Isa B) are very rapid. The rest of the others (mapuche"s mutts) stay in the nests for hours.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010
  7. dee88

    dee88 Chirping

    Jun 26, 2010
    I've notice my RIR gets antsy before she lays her egg; she'll walk around pretty fast, and darts behind doors and in the corners of the coop, all the time singing the egg song. (bawk bawk baaaaaaaaaaaawk, bawwwwwwwk, bawk, bawk) She sounds like our frogs in our pond, kind of of a deep bawk. Then finally, she'll go to the nest box, twist and turn for a while, and within 30 minutes, voila, a nice little light brown eggy.

  8. egg proof

    egg proof In the Brooder

    Oct 6, 2010
    My RIR and NH are really quick. 10 minutes max. I'm still waiting for the others to start.

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