how long does it take to lay an egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by heksa, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. heksa

    heksa Songster

    Jun 21, 2010
    It may be a silly question, but I'm worrying about my chicken. It's been sitting in the nest box and I don't know how long is normal. And when I should intervene.

    It is about 17/18 weeks old and has been showing signs of getting ready to lay – very red comb and wattles, squatting etc. for a few weeks now. We’ve noticed some changes in straw arrangement in nest boxes, so they must have been visiting. The golf ball were buried under and nest made up in a straw.

    Now two other chickens are outside and one sitting in the nesting box. What's up with that?
  2. If this is the first time she is laying an egg, it can take a while. i've noticed mine tend to fuss, get in then out of the box, act distressed. It's all new to them so can be a bit traumatic. Even seasoned hens will tend to sit in the nest box for hours sometimes before laying.

    You do want to keep an eye on her, though. i had a hen prolapse on her first egg. But that was an unusual event, so don't want to scare you. Just keep an eye on her to make sure things come out okay. Generally they will lay within 12 hours once they nest.
  3. heksa

    heksa Songster

    Jun 21, 2010
    Thank you very much for your reply. That's exactly what I needed to know. It would be her first egg, and our first too, so we are all very apprehensive. We will be watching and checking on her.
  4. heksa

    heksa Songster

    Jun 21, 2010
    OMG!!! We got an egg!!![​IMG]

    Haven't seen it yet, but my daughter called all eggcited!!!
  5. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Wooot! There is nothing more exciting than the first egg!
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  6. adeechickluv

    adeechickluv Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    We got our first three days ago! Congrats for yours!! I have a question of my own. My buff orpington was panting and squirming around in the nesting box for quite awhile before an egg. When it was done she looked about ready to pass out! How do you help with her stress?
  7. chicknduck

    chicknduck Songster

    May 21, 2010
    Congrats on your first egg. [​IMG]
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  8. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    Yay! I wanted to frame mine, but I ate it instead. Seemd less wasteful.
  9. whatdacluck

    whatdacluck In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2010
    Co Wexford
    Wow!!!! all this congrats, it's new to me:)

    I suppose I might as well get in on the act though:cool:

    I got my first 6 hens on Wednesday 4th August, they are supposedly 19-20 weeks point of lay pullets.
    I have them 8 days now and no eggs. To be honest I can't wait for them to lay, I think it will make the hobby a lot more interesting.

    I have a query I hope someone can throw some light on for me... This morning I fed the hens some left over porridge (I think you call it oatmeal in the US) with sugar. They 'hopped off it' as we say here in Ireland... that means they devoured it. I might add that they were not over enamoured with any other leftovers I gave them. At lunch time I made some more porridge with sugar, and they 'hopped off it' again. When I came home from work this evening they were noisier than usual and seemed somewhat hyper. Could this be the sugar? or the porridge? Should I continue this treat or stop it?
    Thanks for your help.

  10. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    No sugar, they do not need it. keep watching for your first is worth it!

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