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What time of day do chickens tend to lay their eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Xanadu, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Xanadu

    Xanadu Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told to be sure to collect the egg/s every day to prevent what has happened to our very first egg - the two girls ate it or one of them, I don't know. [​IMG] And I was so looking forward to doing so myself and it was such a pretty egg, whats left of it. The softest brown, almost pink, perfectly shaped and such a delicate looking shell, We started with three chicks but one escaped and we imagine the local fox caught her. So with great eagerness we have looked forward to our remaining two laying and it happened day b4 yesterday. There was no new egg yesterday so I am assuming I might see one today. But I don't want to bug them to death checking for it yet I don't want them to eat it either. Suggestions?
    Thanks Y'all,
    New (broken) Egg Mommy
     
  2. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A hen typically lays every 25 hours. When starting out it is not that consistant because they are just getting the production line moving and needs to get a grasp on it. so starting out you may only see 2 a week. Not all hens eat the eggs and you can break that nasty habit. There are a few threads on here that are very helpful with tips on breaking it. I usually check in the morning when I let them out and before lunch and around 3, they wont lay when it gets too close to roosting time.
     
  3. Xanadu

    Xanadu Out Of The Brooder

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    Ahhh, okay then I will follow your routine. Every 25 hours, wow. I hope to get more hens as time goes by, maybe even a rooster if all goes well but wanted to see how this went for a while first. I am just loving their personalities. Hope I can keep having chickens for many years but have a lot to learn. And it seems like this is the best place to go for advice. Thank you so much for your answer maidenwolfx80!
     
  4. RulerOfTheSkies

    RulerOfTheSkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I`ve heard that it takes 25 hours to lay an egg.
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  5. lookyhereboy

    lookyhereboy Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine lay every 25 to 26 hours and now that the days are shorter they are slowing down. Which I was told would happen. I don't add any artificial light to enduce the laying. I prefer to let them lay naturally and the slow down doesn't bother us anyway. I have 4 hens and in the summer I was getting 4 eggs a day now it is down to 2 but I know it will be back up once the days start getting longer. They have been laying since mid september and all four have finally gotten to where they are all laying the same size eggs.
     

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