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Why do my hens only lay in the morning?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JaceTx, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. JaceTx

    JaceTx Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 that are laying now and it seems like by 1 or 2 in the afternoon they are finished. It doesn't get dark until about 6:30. Is this normal?

    I live in Central Texas and it has been mostly nice weather lately.
     
  2. Country Guy John

    Country Guy John Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, this tends to be normal behavior. In most cases, My hens are finished laying by 1 or 2 in the afternoon.
     
  3. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, pretty much!
     
  4. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    My pullets lay a couple hours later each day. If one gal lays in the early AM, before I get up for a couple days, then the next day she might lay around the time I go out to check for eggs and give them water (~8 am), and the next day she won't lay until mid morning ~10 am, and then it's not until noon, and then next day around 2 pm, the next day around 4 pm -- and then she seems to hold that next days 6 pm egg until sometime early in the AM of the following day.

    The cycle then repeats. Most people say that chickens lay every approx 26 hr, and I would agree with that based on my observations (egg diary) of my 4 chickens.

    I know who lays which egg, based on observation of who is in the nest box. They lay radically different eggs, so I can tell them apart!
     
  5. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i got one crazy who lays around 6-7pm [​IMG]
     
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Mine are one 25-27 hour cycles, which means that they gradually lay later & later in the day until they skil a day all together. They they start early in the morning... little later each day for 5-7 days, then skip a day.

    Rinse, later, repeat indefinitely.
     
  7. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    My current flock hasn't started laying yet, but our previous flock was always done by 1 or 2, which made egg finding very easy. I kept them penned until around 2 p.m. and then they were able to free-range the rest of the day without me worrying about where they were going to lay their eggs. When they were free-ranging all day and had first started laying, I hadn't realized they were laying until I found a huge pile of eggs in the doghouse (igloo type). I then searched until I found another pile hidden away. I hope this new flock lays early also.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts. For the most part mine lay in the mornings. Once I did have one of my girls lay in the morning and again in the evening. I know this because I had one more egg than layers so one of them had to lay twice in one day.
     
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I usually have one or two that wait until about 3 or 4 PM to lay.... Most are done by 2PM
     

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