How often do "mutt" hens lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Appytaz, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Appytaz

    Appytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a "mutt" that is about a year old and I have noticed that she seems to lay a little later every day and then skips a day. That got me thinking about how long it takes a hen to lay??? I figure it must be a little over 24 hours - just not sure how far "a little over" is? Just one of those weird thoughts that comes from only having 2 hens and waiting daily for that 1 egg [​IMG] The other hen hides hers very well and then disappears to sit on them. (they are freerangers)
     
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is 25-26 hours, and usually 6 days in a row.
     
  3. Appytaz

    Appytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds about right. It is usually a couple of hours later each day.
    Thanks!
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    It depends on the hen. Some are better layers than others. As they get older the laying may slow down also. I have some geriatric hens that still lay but not every day. I have some young leghorns that lay every day without fail.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:I agree with the other posts. This is true, the breeds can make a differance. Leghorns are known to be prolific layers. RIR's are good layers too. Rule of thumb is 25-27 hrs depending on the source.

    Here is a chart that has a lot of good information. At the botton of the page are some good links too.

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

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    Depends on hen. Factors going into hen include breed, living conditions, nutrition, strain, and so on. There's a normal range and plenty of exceptions.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:+1

    Depends on hen. Factors going into hen include breed, living conditions, nutrition, strain, and so on. There's a normal range and plenty of exceptions.

    How true!!!
     

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