How long to lay an egg?

AntiqueB

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With the pandemic and all, we're home all the time, and my 7yo always wants to go out, run around, and play with the chickens. I just went out, and our new layer is in the nest box. I don't want her stressed out while she's trying to lay, so I have to ask: How long does it usually take a hen to push out an egg, from getting in the nest box to leaving it? (For the next time this happens!)
 

MelIngles

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With the pandemic and all, we're home all the time, and my 7yo always wants to go out, run around, and play with the chickens. I just went out, and our new layer is in the nest box. I don't want her stressed out while she's trying to lay, so I have to ask: How long does it usually take a hen to push out an egg, from getting in the nest box to leaving it? (For the next time this happens!)


My first egg was a surprise but my second layer I caught going in the nesting box. I read it can take around 30 mins so I started my timer. She left once, got food and walked around (still away from the others). Total time was a 1hr42mins. We had a large group of us outside but she didn’t seem bothered at all by the noise
 

AntiqueB

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My first egg was a surprise but my second layer I caught going in the nesting box. I read it can take around 30 mins so I started my timer. She left once, got food and walked around (still away from the others). Total time was a 1hr42mins. We had a large group of us outside but she didn’t seem bothered at all by the noise
Wow! That's a long time! I had no idea they could take so long.
 

SnootyHen

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My Leghorn is in and out in a heartbeat. My Mystic Marans is in that box for hours!!! The rest are somewhere in between and a few of them like to sit int he box and then walk around and go back a few times before actually laying. It's anyone's guess. But once you see each pullet's pattern, it probably won't change much. Even time of day. I usually get certain ones who lay in the morning and others prefer the afternoon.
 

rosemarythyme

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Varies wildly - I've actually stood and watched them from the moment they went in until they exited, leaving the egg behind. A quick laying session might be 15-20 minutes. A longer one can be well over an hour. I think on average for my flock it's around 45 minutes or so.
 

AntiqueB

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Varies wildly - I've actually stood and watched them from the moment they went in until they exited, leaving the egg behind. A quick laying session might be 15-20 minutes. A longer one can be well over an hour. I think on average for my flock it's around 45 minutes or so.
I had no idea it could take that long! Thank you for the information.
 

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