How long does it take for a hen to lay her first egg, then her second?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lillypurrs23, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering if she would usually lay it the day after the first one, since it takes about 24 hours.
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    New layers tend to be a bit more sporadic than seasoned layers. But it really depends on the breed; some lay 6-7 days a week straight, while others may lay 1-2 eggs per week. My EE would only lay every other day.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Breed dependent, for sure.

    The little red sex links start and go pretty good. Standard breeds take much longer. What breed are you asking about?
     
  4. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are Speckled Sussex.
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:Saw it in your avatar but didn't want to assume. I 've had the breed. Slow. Slow at everything. This is why they are a valued, traditional breed. They brood quite well, at least some do. Not a big layer. average 4-5 a week at peak, but that peak last for 4 years. Not too bad. White skin, good eating bird too. Eggs will always be smallish. Good quiet disposition and very good free foragers.
     
  6. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    Quote:Saw it in your avatar but didn't want to assume. I 've had the breed. Slow. Slow at everything. This is why they are a valued, traditional breed. They brood quite well, at least some do. Not a big layer. average 4-5 a week at peak, but that peak last for 4 years. Not too bad. White skin, good eating bird too. Eggs will always be smallish. Good quiet disposition and very good free foragers.

    x's two​
     
  7. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm. We got ours from Meyer Hatchery, and in their catalog, it said that the production was very good, and eggs were large. Well, I guess we'll have to wait to see. [​IMG]
    Swimmer, what do you mean by x's two?
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:It means Swimmer agreed with my previous post.

    Got the Meyer's catalog in front of me.

    Egg size= large. Their description (I disagree, unless large means medium and Jumbo means large.) [​IMG]

    Sorry, Meyers is overstating the SS egg size, imho.

    Production=Very Good, which Myers defines as 4-5 eggs a week. Exactly as I said in my post earlier.
     
  9. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohhh, I see. [​IMG]
    Well, we have 4, and 1 out of 4 are laying at the moment. Another started squatting the other day, so hopefully she'll start laying pretty soon. It took the one who was laying 4 days from when she started squatting.
     
  10. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dependent on breed and individual chicken. My first egg layer (one of my EE) laid her second egg the next day after her first. Then she took a day off. Then she was pretty consistent laying 3 days and taking one off for the first two weeks. Last week she laid 5 or 6 days in a row before taking a day off and starting up again. So far none of my other girls who have started laying (2 others for sure, possibly 3 or 4, at least one of which is one of my speckled sussex) have been as consistent. Seems most of them lay every other day to every third day. But they're just starting, and it's still cold and wintery here, so I have hope that once they get the kinks out of the system and spring/summer arrive the egg production will be more consistent.
     

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