Rainy, rainy day... laying question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ginger Chic, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Ginger Chic

    Ginger Chic Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    Northeast Georgia
    It has rained steady all day. I came home during lunch to open the coop and let the ladies have their freedom. I picked up 1 egg then nothing since... They've just been out playing in the wet. We've only had these (2 RIR, 2 Dom & 2 Sex Link (?)) chickens for about a week and a half, but are up to about 3 eggs per day. Does the rain do something to distract them from laying, or is it just an oddity that my ladies have more fun playing in the rain than they do laying?
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2008
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Chickens will lay 1 egg per day usually until they have gathered a "clutch" of eggs. At that point they skip a day & reset. A typical clutch is between 6 to 10 eggs. So you should expect your hens to skip a day every week or so.

    The rain doesn't have anything to do with the egg laying, but the number of daylight hours will. As we get into fall depending on the type of chicken & where you live they may stop laying until spring.

    Most birds known for eggs though will go right on through winter.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Ginger Chic

    Ginger Chic Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    Northeast Georgia
    Thanks for the hints. I can tell I've still got a lot to learn.
  4. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Covington, GA
    I live in Covington, Georgia and this my chickens first real experience with an all day rain. They are 18 weeks old and it has only rained once since they went outside about 10 weeks ago. We are in a drought. Anyway, they were not happy. They came out this morning and then spent the day under the coop to try to stay dry. They had gone back in when I went out a few minutes ago. They complained all day long about the rain. I hope they will be ok and won't get sick from all of the wet.
  5. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Here in SC, it started raining around lunchtime. I figured I'd come home and find all the birds in the coop, but they were all out playing in the rain. Looked like they had a good time...
  6. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:That is normal for them to either go inside the coop or under the coop for protection from the rain . I leave my pop hole door open 24/7 and they come and go as the choose .
    Daybreak and they start exiting out , and you can watch them , in late afternoon , they start looking up at the sky as to say , ALMOST time to go in . and they go in one by one . FOLLOW THE LEADER . lol

    Rain will NOT bother them at all . BUT , I can clean out and replenish the coops with fresh pine shavings and they notice its different , they skip a day or two from laying . LOL

    [​IMG] [​IMG] :aww [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2008
  7. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Quote:I don't know about the OP, but it sure helped me. Thanks!

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