What time of day do hens lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ange, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. ange

    ange Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious, this past summer, when my hens were laying, I could find an egg in there anytime between oned in the afternnon to 5. Is that common. What time does yours lay
    / I do not think I have good layers or something. When I HAD 2 WELS SUMMER HENS. i ONLY HAD L EGG EVERY DAY, SO i DO JNOT KNOW WHAT OR WHY. aNY IDEAS. i BOUGHT THE HENS AT S POULTRY AUCTION, AND THEY SAID they were good layers, but ...
     
  2. Barred Rocker

    Barred Rocker cracked egg

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    Mine apparently don't look at the clock. Sometimes there are eggs waiting when I feed them at 8am. Most usually lay before 2pm but I've seen one or two lay as late as 4pm and I don't think there's a set schedule. I think its when the urge hits it's "oops, time to run to the nest!"
     
  3. kcsunshine

    kcsunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they lay any time. I had one that for several days would lay on the floor of the roost before I could get down to let her out. Then she started laying a little later and would jump out of the coop and up into a nest as soon as I opened the door. It takes more than 24 hours for the next egg, so they should be laying a little later every day.
    However, most hens don't lay every day, so I don't know how that goes into the equation. Most of mine do lay in the morning or early afternoon. None late in the day.
     
  4. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine lay before 3 pm usually.
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Mine are all over the clock too. I have also heard that each day a hen will lay an egg a little later then the previous day. For the most part mine are done before about noon or so but once in a while I get one who lays just before she jumps on the roost for the night.
     
  6. Lady Catrina

    Lady Catrina Out Of The Brooder

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    Definitely at different times. I have been keeping a log as to when I collect, and there are usually some in that am (about 8:30) and then a few more in the afternoon. Keep a log as to what you get, and you should be able to pinpoint when to collect. Have fun!
     
  7. bethsplace

    bethsplace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my lay at all times more in the afternoon though. if they miss a day the usually will lay in the morning. and as the days pass they lay later and later each day until the miss a day again and start over in the morning:
     
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  8. Lady Catrina

    Lady Catrina Out Of The Brooder

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    Went back outside to check their water, and checked for more eggs - had three this am at 8:30, had eight (two very large, down to 1 'peewee') at 2pm. [​IMG] I know that mine are just starting, so for me it will be interesting as well to see what times they lay the most, so I will know when to collect - when expecting up to 30+/day, I need to stay on top of them, lol!
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Have had them lay as late as around 8 p.m. and some lay before daylight in the morning.
     

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