New pullets laying late morning..

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MowNGrow, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. MowNGrow

    MowNGrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any way to encourage my new girls to lay first thing in the morning? Our previous girls stoped laying so they moved out and the new ones moved in two weeks ago and are laying nicley. However, they are laying after we leave for the day and today the eggs have been plaid with. I don't want to be dealing with hens that eat their eggs.

    I have been told by the free range farm giving them a ball to play with in the pen sometimes elimiantes their need to "play" with their eggs? That could help with the "playing" aspect but doesn't encourage them to lay early....
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Hmmmm...I've never heard of being able to "adjust" a biological clock. Lord I wish we could (for myself, not my chickens!)... Maybe I'll learn something new though...
     
  3. MowNGrow

    MowNGrow Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our girls children called Holley started off laying late into the afternoon. Adjusted herself to lay just before lunch then to earlier in the morning. Perhaps she will just become earlier? Emily has been doing a nice egg song and I have had a "fart" egg from her but nothing elce yet.
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    WOW, I'd love to get a plaid egg. All I ever get are solid coloured ones..
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It takes a hen approximately 26 hours to produce an egg. Therefore, the egg can come at any time of the day. If it gets too late in the day for laying, most hens will skip a day and start anew the next day.
    All my hens were finished laying yesterday by 1 PM. I expect it to be closer to 2 today.
     
  6. MowNGrow

    MowNGrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Neat its nice to learn all these things.

    I now have both pullets laying as of today we got one egg before 8am and the other later around 530pm. Could they be any further apart from each other LOL.

    Why don't they understand that eggs are usually a breakfast food [​IMG]
     
  7. HeatherFeather

    HeatherFeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours have always been all over the board.

    Our first bunch that we had in the summer were better at laying all at the same time, but it was LITERALLY like clockwork, a little later each day, until they were laying at 8pm, and then they'd lay a softshell the next morning, and it would start all over with a good hard egg the next. They never skipped a day, just had soft shells. These were production cross birds-babcocks, which are a leghorn cross.

    Our current flock lay all over the board. Sometimes there are 9 eggs at 7am, and other days there are no eggs until after 2 pm. There is one chook who consistently lays just before dinner.
     
  8. GraceAK

    GraceAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fiona, my little OEGB mix just started laying again after brooding and raising five chicks and the first two days have been around 2 in the afternoon. Maybe she will get earlier and earlier in the day!
     
  10. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any time I have one I hope that I do not have an egg too![​IMG]
     

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