What time of day do hens usually lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SparksNV, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Spanish Springs, NV
    post says it all...
  2. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    Mine ALWAYS lay like clockwork between sunup and sundown.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  4. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine lay from the morning to mid afternoon so far. My chickens just started laying a week ago.
  5. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    it simply depends on the bird i have a few that lay every morning by 8 am and a few that lay every afternoon round 2pm.
  6. gingerpeach22

    gingerpeach22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2010
    There was a nine p.m. delivery recently. Surprised me to hear the egg song then.
  7. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2009
    Mine have laided from daylight to 20mins after dark. Do a search on here and you can find a more detailed explaination on it but they usually lay every 26-28hrs. This cycle starts at early morning and gets later each day until it reaches night time which then leads to where they usually take a day or 2 off.
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Agreed. It takes roughly 26 hours for a hen to produce an egg, so if you get one at 9 AM today you can expect it to be closer to 10 AM tomorrow. It continues that way until it gets too late in the day, then the hen will wait until the next day or take a day off and lay on the following day.
    Hens only laying eggs bright and early is a myth.
  9. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pretty sure that 26 hour thingy is an average. It takes into account hens that will lay nearly 350 eggs a year and averages with hens that will only lay 25 or so a year, all the while computing the vast difference in quantities of each kind, and guessing(although an educated guess) as to their population. Wouldn`t surprise me to find out the taxpayers dished out several billions to come up with the 26 hour timeframe..........Pop
  10. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine definitely have not heard about the 26 hr thingy. I never know when to expect an egg. Today Ladyhawk (EE) was on the nest at 7:30 when I went out this morning...got it done by 8:15. Goldie (GSL) was next. Neither of these laid yesterday because the sex links were doing everything they could to keep the other pullets out of the nest boxes. I put 4 sex links (including Goldie) in Jail to keep them from pecking...I was watering and there was lots of screaming going on! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2010

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