What time do your hens lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickengirl1304, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Songster

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    Mine like to lay between 10am and 3pm. Is this late? :)
     

  2. Megan Amber

    Megan Amber Songster

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    Well if it is then mine are late too! I am pretty sure that's normal!
     
  3. lorain's fids

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    I have 5 chickens. They don't have a specific time to lay each day, but I have noticed that each one will lay an egg about an hour or two later than they did the previous day. Yesterday 3 chickens layed later in the day, so today they didn't lay at all, but tomorrow they should be laying fairly early in the morning.
     
  4. Megan Amber

    Megan Amber Songster

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    That's interesting! I will have to pay more attention to mine to see if they do it too!
     

  5. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Songster 9 Years

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    A chicken's ovulation cycle is 25hrs so for a bird in her prime lays an hour later each day until dark then skip a day and start over. In older hens that lay only a couple of eggs a week, they can lay at any time.
     
  6. happybooker1

    happybooker1 Songster 5 Years

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    Wow! This is fascinating! My Frizzle Cochin just started laying. The first egg she laid came about 11AM. Then she skipped the next day. Sunday she laid about noon-ish. Yesterday I had another egg when I got home @ 4PM.

    She is just getting 'regulated' though so it may change.
     
  7. UnlabeledMama

    UnlabeledMama Chirping

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    My chickens lay mainly in the afternoon as well.
     

  8. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Songster

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    Ya it's funny you always hear of ppl going out in the morning to collect eggs but I eat breakfast at 7 or earlier so there are no eggs! Buy by noon I have about a dozen and by 4 I have about 18-20. Silly chicken
     
  9. kacklinkelly

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    I thought I was the only one who had layed back chickens. Mine are doing the same thing.
    My husband leaves for work around noon - once in a while he will find something but
    usually, I find them when I get home around 4. They only started last week and we had
    one day of no egg. This is really enjoyable!
     

  10. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

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    We have about 50 birds. We get eggs all day. There are usually 5-10 eggs there at 8:30 am when I go down to let the hens out, then 25-30 at 3pm when I do the second egg pick up of the day, then often a couple around dusk when we go to lock the birds in for the night.
     

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