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What time do your hens lay their eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kaddidle, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. kaddidle

    kaddidle Songster

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    My Plymouth Rock hen just started laying this week. I thought that hens layed in the morning, but she seems to do it around lunch time. Is this unusual? A quirk because her eggs have just come in? Or do hens usually lay at different times of day?
     

  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    My Yokohamas usually lay in the afternoon, my EE's before noon, & my quail, around the clock.
     
  3. ZaneyMama

    ZaneyMama Songster

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    Mine are new layers, but they usually lay from about 9:30am - 4:30pm, depending on the chicken.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Depends on the chicken and what time schedule you have them on....
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Eggs take about 26 hours to be "built" and that means, if a hen or pullet lays every day, it will be about 2 hours later the next day. And 2 hours later the day after that, until it's too late to lay (according to chicken circadian rhythms). Then it starts all over again. For the most part, eggs are laid between 9 am and 4 pm.
     
  6. Tiss

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    I only have 2 laying so far, but my Barred Rock lays before 10am and my RSL lays around 2pm.
     
  7. NewHen

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    Our sex link just started laying and gives us one day. She also seems to lay between 9 and 4:30.
     

  8. Mamaperreca

    Mamaperreca Chirping

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    If a hen or pullet lays every day, it will be about 2 hours later the next day. And 2 hours later the day after that, until it's too late to lay (according to chicken circadian rhythms). Then it starts all over again.

    This is what mine are doing. So one morning it was before noon. Then next day after lunch. The third evening. Then the fourth day they didn't lay (skipped). Morning the fifth day and so on.​
     
  9. ga_goat

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    mine are through by 10 am , very seldom get an afternoon egg temps here in the upper 90's with 103 to 109 heat index
    I am getting 6 to 8 eggs a day out of 16 hens , various breeds .
    according to my vet heat had killed 2 of my young cuckoo marana hens . I put shade cloth over part of the run and put misters in all 5 of the pens and they seem to be responding well .
     
  10. bald k9

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    mine usally lay between 8am and 10 am
     

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