if eggs are laid every 25 hours....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Goldie56, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Goldie56

    Goldie56 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2009
    I read on a link here that it takes 25 hours for a new egg to be laid. What happens when that 25th hour occurs in the night hours when it is pitch black in the hen house? Do they wait till light or do they find their way in the dark to the nest box and lay it? Can hens see in the dark or are they as blind as we are?
  2. melissastraka

    melissastraka Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    I dont think any of my 30 hens have ever used a hen box. They are too busy. They just plop down and lay wherever in the coop, even in the middle of the night!
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Somehow a hen is able to control how late in the day she's willing to lay (for some reason they usually don't like to lay late in the afternoon). She'll skip a day when the egg would come later than she likes and wait till morning to start all over. Of course, then there are the hens that don't lay every day to begin with, they wouldn't really need to regulate themselves like that.
  4. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    When their laying times occurs in the dark, they usually wait until the next day. This is why you won't get an egg EVERY day from every hen. It is also why chickens in some locations do not lay in the winter.

    Good luck!!
  5. minna

    minna Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Burnsville, MS
    It can be every 18-36 depending on the hen. And they don't always lay in the nest box. They just do what they want to. They lay when they want to. I have one who lays around 7pm every night. IDK why, she just does.
  6. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    but sometimes in a young pullet you will see one under the roost. Almost like they have to learn to wait till morning.

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