How long does it take for a chicken to actually lay the egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gale65, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of our EEs got into a nest today and just stayed there. I probably watched for 5-10 min at most before I went back in the house. DS was worried that she is just in there to be in there, and not to lay. So when they go in the nest (keeping in mind they are 5 month old pullets) how long do they take to get the egg out? We've only gotten 1 green egg and our other EE has a much redder comb so I assumed she was the one to lay it. The one who is sitting in the box today has a paler comb.
  2. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    I think it really varies by chicken. I have a couple who go in, lay and come back out with 40 minutes. Then I have a couple who like to make a big production, arrange every piece of pine shaving perfectly, and it takes them over an hour. But new layers do take a bit longer.
  3. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    oh good. So the 5-10 minutes wasn't nearly long enough. [​IMG]
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Depends on the individual hen and when they respond to the "urge". I have hens that sit in the nestbox for hours before the egg comes and others that are quick about it...get in, lay the egg, get out.
  5. hudsonhousechicks

    hudsonhousechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2010
    I was surprised how long it took for them to lay when they first started. Early on it took 45 minutes to an hour. Now, it might take 30 minutes. Sometimes they will sit for a really long time in the nest and to top it off, they don't lay an egg!
  6. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    Philadelphia suburbs
    My Agnes, JG, just laid her first egg last friday. The very next day, I was doing the weekly cleaning of the coop, and evidently I wasn't finishing fast enough for her. She was following me into the run, jumping up into the coop--before I could get the ramp put back, and chasing me out before I finished adding the fresh wood shavings. She shoo-ed me out, I closed the door, and she sat there for over 45 minutes. I didn't time her exactly, but it was, all told, close to an hour. When I went to find the egg, it was dry but still warm. So, answer is: for a 5 1/2 month old JG, on day number 2, it takes about an hour.

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  7. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    DS went out about 15 minutes ago and there was a perfect tiny green egg in the nest box. So apparently this egg is from Juliet but I thought the one the other day was from Stella, just based on her comb color. Maybe they're both laying now. At any rate it was less than an hour total, I think. [​IMG]
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Mine are normally right at 20 minutes.
  9. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    Mine range from 15 min to hour +. Got 2 RIRs that do a drive-thru egglay, just jump in a box and get right to it and as soon as its out, back out the door they go. Never even try to sit, roll even say hello to it.Then I got a Barred and a Buff that think that they are at a day spa. But on average 30/40 minutes for most

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