what time of day do your chickens lay eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lorain's fids, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    West Coast USA
    Our hens start laying shortly after the barn light goes on in the morning, around 5:30 or so. At this time of year, all of the eggs are laid by 4:00pm, even though our barn coop is lighted until 7:30pm. Chickens normally lay on a cycle that begins early then gets slightly later each day, until they skip a day or two and begin again.
  2. peachachecha

    peachachecha Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    Quote:My three do the very same thing. Each day it gets a little later and usually on the fourth day they take a day of rest and then the next day it is once again bright and early that they lay.
  3. Geckochick

    Geckochick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2011
    Our girls have just been laying for a few weeks. I get the bulk of the eggs before 7 am (this morning there were 11). I expect shortly, when I go out, there will be another 5 or so, and then a few stragglers before dinner.
  4. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    My chickens lay all day, from dawn to dusk (and sometimes beyond!), every day a little later than the day before. They keep something of an order, like a baseball line up, but it shifts later and later each day, until someone lays in the late afternoon and takes the next day off. But mine are only 7 months, and I have no idea how they'll do in their maturity.
  5. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    I have 38 in the big coop and they lay all hrs of the day so I have to check out the next several times a day. The latest egg I think has been around 10pm.
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Individually, they lay slightly later than the day before until they reach their personal cutoff time and then that egg is held until sunrise and the cycle repeats. So, as a group, it's all over the place and I get eggs anywhere from at first light until dusk but each chicken (aside from one oddball) has a predictable routine.
  7. mychoock

    mychoock Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2011
    My girls apparently lay any time that they are not actually sleeping! I find an egg or two almost every time I go out to the coop... whether that is 6:30 am or 4:30 pm (when they go to bed). I try to get out there on a regular schedule, but working three days a week (gone all day) makes that hard.
    I know hens only lay every 25 hours or so, but I wonder if mine are on a 26 - 28 hour cycle.
  8. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    Thank you for sharing your chickens laying times. I can't wait till I get my first egg. I only have 5 chickens so even if they lay at different times it won't be a problem as I'll only be getting 5 eggs a day (hopefully).
  9. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2011
    My hens start at day light, and stop when it gets dark . I had a hen on the nest when I closed up the hen house this evening , and everyone else was on the roost [​IMG] .
  10. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    Mine are all over the place as far as time.

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