My chickens work the night shift!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gritsar, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I should have known. They spent the first 20 weeks of their lives on the front porch and we're night people. Due to my SO's job, we get up around 11 am and usually don't go to bed before 3 am. The chickens are very used to people (and the dog!) coming and going at all hours of the night, so I guess it was inevitable.
    I never get an egg before 3 PM and the latest I have gotten an egg was just now, at 7:15 PM. I stood patiently waiting by the coop door for her to finish so I could lock them in for the night. While I was closing the door I saw one of the other hens climbing into a nest box and getting cozy. Bet if I check in an hour or so I'll find another one.
    There's something just not right about hens that lay their eggs right before jumping up on a roost for the night.
    Go ahead and say it. I have weird chickens. [​IMG]
  2. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    You have weird chickens
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Not weird chickens!!! Mine lay all hours and we are not night people. Ours usually lay between 2-5 pm. Like clockwork. Kind of...
  4. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Maybe they're undead chickens. Have you heard the sweet strains of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" coming from their
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

  6. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    That is so wild! Never would think they would do that! [​IMG]

  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Well I do have an undead dog, oh no wait a minute. He's not undead, he's brain dead. My bad. [​IMG]
  8. verity

    verity Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    If my chickens turn out to be 'night-birds' I will be asking for help -- this is the latest I've stayed up in ages!

    I have described my sleeping habits as 'going to bed with the chickens' ---

    Still working on the elaborate chicken-house (it's taken on a life of its own!) and the progress has been delayed because of the rain --

    SO -- I don't have the chickens yet (except for a promised Silkie from a BYC member!)

    Can anyone recommend a breed that DOES go to bed early!??
    (I do know that chickens are just like every other living thing -- each one is different!)

  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Weird chickens. [​IMG]
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    My chickens don't go to bed until 11:30. They are on a similiar schedule. DW works the
    second shift so I hear ya on a late schedule. I'm lucky to have a boss who realizes I'm
    not that awake until after 8AM.

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