Laying Time?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HenOrRoo1, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. HenOrRoo1

    HenOrRoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Most everything I read says that hens lay from early to mid-morning and not to expect eggs after that. While I do collect eggs at this time of day often, I also often find eggs in the afternoon and sometimes early evening. I check the brooder boxes multiple times a day, so it's not that I find them at these times because I haven't looked earlier. I just think it's an interesting quirk. Anyone else have this experience with their ladies?
     
  2. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do all the time.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Very normal.....Hens lay in the afternoon too....
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    They can lay later in the day too....each bird is different.

    It takes about 25 hours for an egg to form, a new ova is released shortly after an egg is laid.
    A new egg could be laid approximately every 25-26 hours, so an hour or so later every day until one is laid late in the day and another ova might not be released until the following day, so a day off. BUT..very hen is different and only time will tell what a particular hen/pullets schedule might be. Not every hen/pullet lays every day..some only lay a few a week.
     
  5. HenOrRoo1

    HenOrRoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Good to know it's not just me. I thought it seemed strange that with a 25 hour cycle for laying (on average) hens would only lay in the morning hours. I had a hard time picturing a hen, ready to lay an egg, holding it in and telling herself, "Nope! Hold it in! Wait for tomorrow morning!" Haha! [​IMG]
     
  6. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes - I collect before noon and will often have several more eggs in the nest when I get home in the evening after work.
     
  7. HenOrRoo1

    HenOrRoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I love those productive days!
     
  8. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me too!
     
  9. 4x4Runner

    4x4Runner Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 chickens out of 5 laying and they seem to be early afternoon/late evening layers. 2 lay around 10am and the other lays around 3 or 4pm... Sometimes they will lay late, than early the next morning. I always thought chickens lay in the morning but mine sort of lay whenever they want I guess. :D
     
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