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.
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.
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.