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What time of day do your chickens lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Farmer's Mama, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. The Farmer's Mama

    The Farmer's Mama New Egg

    Aug 8, 2011
    Eastern Shore, VA
    Our chickens lay eggs between 10 am and 3 pm. Is that normal? When do your chickens lay? We are newbies and just got our first egg New Year's Day and we get excited everytime we get one!
  2. IowaHeritage

    IowaHeritage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2011
    Western Iowa
    By nature, Most Birds in the world lay in the morning.

    Most chickens lay way before 1 pm with a certain percentage that likes to delay the process until later in the day.

    Oddly enough, Some of my jersey Giants dont even think about it until well into the afternoon, but if they are happy, then Im thrilled.....

    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
  3. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I've got RIRs and Various Rocks and they spread it out till dusk. I have gone out to lock them up at dark and the egg is still warm to the touch. None camp in the nest boxes so it is a late layer.
  4. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
    Ours very, sometimes there will already be a nice warm egg when we go out to do morning chores, and sometimes we wait for someone to finish when we are doing evening chores. So basically dawn to dusk.
  5. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    out of my 5 chickens, I have only 1 layer. She has been laying since Dec 24th. It seems she is laying an egg every 26 hours or so. But not after 5 pm, then she lays one as soon as I go and open up the coop at 7am. So then the next day it would be around 9am or so. Maybe this will all change when the others start to lay eggs and the days get longer.
  6. Small Time Farm

    Small Time Farm New Egg

    Jan 18, 2012
    I got my chickens in the spring of 2011. Their times of laying have varied through the year. Usually it is in the late morning, but this morning i had an egg at 0630. Like i said mine have varied and it changed with the weather and change into winter too.
  7. Chic_girl

    Chic_girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2011
    Near Columbus OH
    Personally, my hens are not morning birds! They usually lay in the afternoon, between 3-7 for me. I think this is unusual, but it depends on your hen's personal preferences. [​IMG]
  8. bluefeather2697

    bluefeather2697 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2011
    my hen lays constantly at 9 am.

    the earliest is quarter to nine and the latest is 10.
  9. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    Mine will lay all day long. My light comes on at 4am, I'm usually out there by 4:30 and I will have a few eggs waiting for me, then I go out again about noon if I;m not working and I have a bunch more, then about 3pm I'll have a few more, I close up the coop at 6-6:30 and there is always at least 1 or 2 more.
  10. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    The one bird I have that is laying does so between 10am and 12pm

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