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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tn_artist, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. tn_artist

    tn_artist Crowing

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    Don't laugh, but, - Chickens only lay eggs during daylight hours, correct?
    I wondered because some pullets that are laying, I'm only getting an egg a week from them. I'm worried that something is getting them during the night. I collect them when I closed up for the night.
     
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  2. FarmerGirl101

    FarmerGirl101 Crowing

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    I would think so
     
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  3. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Free Ranging

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    Mine only lay during the day. That's not a huge amount of empirical evidence. LOL
     
  4. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    Chickens usually lay when they want but day time before they roost, they do like to hide eggs though, and sometimes it depends on the breed too.

    Are they over crowded?
    Any stress going on or changes with the flock?
    What are they being fed, including treats?
    What breed and age?
     
  5. FluffTheDuck

    FluffTheDuck Duck love is recognizable in any language

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    I have a game camera in my coop and I see some laying eggs in there at 1:00 am..:idunno
    Maybe a chicken has to lay an egg when the egg wants out...
     
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  6. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    There always has to be a rebel I think lol
     
  7. tn_artist

    tn_artist Crowing

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    EE (3), first egg yesterday
    Buttercup (2) two eggs, two weeks ago, then one today.
    In the large pen, there are also OEGB, dUccle, one frizzle Cochin and one rosecomb. The small pen has bantam Cochins, one seabright and several OEGB. We were getting 5-6 eggs from the big pen and two from the small one. Now we are only getting two or three from the big pen and 5-6 from the small one.
    I collect eggs twice a day, and was just wondering if they could be laying at night, then visited by a rat.
     
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  8. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    Have they been through molt yet?

    mine shut down about a week before they start molting, both Eggs and feathers take a lot of stuff so they can only do one or the other
     
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    tn_artist Crowing

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    They all hatched in Feb and March. I didn't think they would molt this year. I may have misunderstood.
     
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  10. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    they can do a soft molt, which is still a molt just not as drastic, some breeds do when they've hatched early spring.
     
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