Is my hen laying in the bushes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rolffamily, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. rolffamily

    rolffamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    My GLW are 24 weeks old and free ranging everyday. This afternoon I saw the rooster mate with one of the hens ( I know this from reading here). Is she already laying someplace I don't know about? Should I confine the group (5) in their run until I know?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:I would.
  3. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    YOu can keep them locked up until mid afternoon. They will be done laying eggs by then.
  4. In His Service

    In His Service Wise Men Still Seek Him

    Apr 25, 2010
    I am by no means an expert, but my 21 week old Buff Orpingtons are not laying yet (not free-ranging, so I can tell for sure) However, the rooster is mating with them and has been at least a week.

    Also, my older chickens that are laying sometimes don't lay until mid to late afternoon.
  5. SycolinWoodsChickens

    SycolinWoodsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    My roo began mating with all of my hens two weeks ago. Only 5 out of 20 hens are now laying. You might want to wait until you find an egg or two before you lock them up.

    Also, my hens lay eggs all day up until 6pm so I don't think locking them up until the mid-afternoon will work. I'd monitor their laying cycles and then decide when to let them out.
  6. rolffamily

    rolffamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Thank you everyone for your quick replies. I think I will keep them penned for 2 days to see if someone is pulling one over on me. It really is not a hardship for them. Their run is 10 feet wide by 50 feet long and there is more poop on the lawn then in their run.
  7. Cocotte

    Cocotte Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2010
    Today I discovered a nest of NINE eggs hidden in the tomato plants. They're all locked up now until the naughty one starts using the nest box..
  8. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Mine have been known to lay as late as 6:30p, too. Weird nocturnal chooks!
    Congrats on finding the nest, tho!
  9. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Generally speaking, chickens lay on a 26 hour schedule (as in once per), but some manage to get their work done before noon!
  10. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Quote:You guys are lucky. [​IMG] Your birds lay on a sane schedule. One of my quail always lays her egg at 10 or 11 pm...sometimes even later.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2010

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