Once in nest box, how long to lay egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CathyB59, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. CathyB59

    CathyB59 In the Brooder

    May 21, 2011
    SE Montana
    I have 4 black star hens and it appears that one may not be laying eggs. Once a hen enters the nest box, about how long does it take her to lay the egg and get out of the nest box? I have been watching the hens to pinpoint which one is laying which egg. I'm trying to gather the eggs shortly after they are laid so I can tell if one of them is not laying and maybe has a problem. Or maybe I have an egg eater? Thanks for your help.
  2. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    a place
    I've had hens take anywhere from five minutes to an hour, but it usually happens in maybe fifteen minutes. Hope this helps and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Some girls are in and out in a flash - others sit in the nest box for HOURS. It just depends.

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