Is it possible for a hen to lay 2 eggs in a day?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AhBee01, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    My babies are starting to lay. Yeah! They were born April 15ish. We thought the only EE that was in our bunch started laying the other day, DH caught her on the nest twice, we have been getting a little light brownish egg, every other day. So we thought oh well no green eggs. I checked the nests last night and only got the normal brown egg from one of the older birds.
    Well today I checked the nests we got one of the little brown eggs, one brown from the older hens, and 2 GREEN EGGS!!!! OMG, we only have one EE, I know there were no eggs in there last night, how is this possible!!!!
    The eggs were in 2 different nests. I will be watching closely from now on!

    My neighbors would get 3 and 4 eggs a day when she only had 2 hens and they were EEs, and they collected every day, so maybe it is possible??
    Has anyone ever had this happen?
  2. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    I THINK the official word on this is "no" but I have seen too much to discount it![​IMG]
  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    they may say NO,, but it may be they lay 1 late at night, and 1 early in the morning,, but i KNOW my RIR has!!
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Yes, it can happen, I've gotten two eggs in one day from the same hen before....
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Absolutely it can happen. Without question. A number of people have had this, including me. (No, there is absolutely zero possibility that my hens were somehow hiding eggs in the tractor so I couldn't find them, plus which they'd been laying regularly one per hen per day before that.)

    I actually had 5 eggs in one day from 3 hens last year -- and I suspect, for various reasons, that it was two hens laying normally and the third laying *three* in one day. Four eggs from the 3 happened occasionally til Matilda got eggbound and started laying internally and then died... it has not happened since and thus I suspect it may have been her doin' it, possibly as an early step in her Female Troubles [​IMG]

    That is not to say that it necessarily means that in other chickens, mind you [​IMG]

    But, anyone who sez it is impossible, tell them Phtththttt [​IMG]

  6. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    Yes a hen can lay more than 1 egg in a day. It happened to one of my Red Sex Links. She laid an egg so i picked it out of the nest about 1 min. later she laid another egg. She was the only one in the nest. I seen her do it.
  7. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    Wow that is so cool!
    I guess woman can drop 2 eggs or more so why couldn't a chicken!
    Fraternal twins run on the woman's side of the family, so why couldn't it happen with other animals.
    I just never thought about it that much until it happened!
    My DH told me last night he checked before locking them in last night, he brought a lantern out there and he didn't see any eggs.
    My older girls have been on a break, and I think the Millie's are starting to molt, they look horrible!
    So I hope we start to see more eggs from the youngens! I have 4 BOs and 4 BRs and 1EE (Pullets), we hope!
    I haven't heard any of them crowing yet, we have 2 roos already. They get along good, as long as my banty roo stays off the big girls!!!
    He has been jumpy lately, and trying to jump at me, so I let him have a few good swats yesterday, letting him know I'm still boss.
    Must be his girls are not letting him have his way!
    Oh well, I will let you know if it happens again!
    Thanks again!
  8. mgibbzzz

    mgibbzzz Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Somerset, OH
    I gotta agree, I have 29 hens and will get 31-32 eggs sometimes. We go out several times a day to collect eggs, since we have so many girls and keep track of how many we get. DS is VERY thourogh about looking for them. I have seen a couple of our girls lay once in the morning and then at night when they are geting ready to roost.


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  9. La Banan

    La Banan Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Yes and isn't it grand!
  10. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    The best problem we could ever have!

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