So we've started to keep chickens, and quite excited about it!

White Bengal

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Hello everyone! So around 6 weeks ago we got 4 pullets the same age.
Then 2 weeks ago a friend of ours gave us another 2 hens who look quite older. All our chickens are like the ones in my avatar (I think Rhode Island). We let them roam our backyard freely, and for now only have a make-shift ''coop'' but we'll be arranging better in the future. We're in Malta and the weather's very mild, it's already quite summery with the temperature here at 24°C (75°F).

This week one of the pullets started laying eggs. It is the one in my avatar. She's been laying daily now. Then today one of the 2 older hens also laid an egg.

The first egg-laying experience was quite funny because I never imagined chickens could be so noisy and had never heard about the ''egg-laying song'' before.

Though it's my first time with chickens I immediately noticed she was going to lay an egg, because she started clucking softly and seemed fidgety. I never expected her to be so vociferous though, when she started singing (more like shrieking!) our dog started barking then all the neighborhood dogs started barking as well!

We have a small dog and a cat. The cat is terrified of the chickens. The dog doesn't mind them but we keep him away from them because he has a tendency to love them a bit too much (if you get what I mean... ;) )

I found this forum by chance through google and was amazed at the wealth of information it contains.

I am curious to know whether hens lay their eggs at the same time every day? And does the whole flock lay also at the same time? (I'm anticipating the orchestra if they do!!)

But joking apart, for the past 4 days the first pullet started laying, she's always done so between 10-11am. And today when one of the older hens laid her egg, she did it at exactly the same time too, I mean it's like the 2 hens agreed to go pop their eggs together :)

I'll try to upload my hen's egglaying song. She does it, then goes to lay her egg, then she comes out and sings it again.

 

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Hello and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new eggs :) I've found that commercial strains tend to lay at the same time each day, although I believe the egg development process is slightly longer than 24 hours. Living on the equator, with no change in daylight hours throughout the year may contribute to this :confused:
 

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Hello and welcome to the site! I’m so glad you are finding it useful.

Your hens look like laying hybrids to me, like warrens. I find with mine that they lay slightly later each day; it takes about 25-26 hours to make an egg but that varies between breeds. Mine never lay after about 2-3pm.

Best of luck with your flock :thumbsup
 

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White Bengal

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Thanks for the warm welcome!

Please allow my newbie-ness also because English isn't my first language... What is meant by ''commercial strains'', ''laying hybrids'' and ''warrens''? Because honestly I have no clue.
Thanks again for all the feedback. :jumpy

Edit: Done some quick googling, so I think my chickens are Bovans Goldline? They're definitely more golden and less red than the pictures of Rhode Islands I've seen. I'm curious to know only for correctness' sake because it doesn't really matter, they're still my lovely chicks :love
 
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