Young chickens aren't laying everyday

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In the Brooder
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May 22, 2011
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I have a total of 13 chickens and I have started getting egg production from four of my chickens. I normally get an egg from them once a day, However some days I might not get one from one of them. Is this normal with new layers? Obviously they have started off as little eggs but have gotten bigger. I just want to make sure this is normal as I have read that chickens lay like clockwork. Anyone have any comments for me. It would be very much appreciated. Thanks
 

MTopPA_18707

Songster
9 Years
Dec 18, 2010
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I'm new . . . so can't offer experienced advise.

But here's what's happening with my "March 15th 2011" chicks.

There are three Buff Orpingtons and three Black Australops.

"They" just started laying.

For the last three days I've gotten one brown egg each day.

I think one of the BA's is doing all the work . . . but I suspect the others will start "helping" soon.

-:>Kevin
 

feathersnuggles

Songster
10 Years
Sep 4, 2009
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A hen's laying cycle, on average, is about 26 hours. Some hens' cycles are a little longer. This means each day, a hen will lay an egg a little later than the previous day's egg was laid... until she finally "skips" a day - when her egg becomes ready too late in the day, and then she will hold it overnight, to lay the next morning.
 
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Yay Chicks!

Songster
9 Years
Apr 15, 2010
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Forest Grove, OR
I have two that lay almost every day...but take a break once in a while and two that probably lay about 4 times per week. It does depend on breed.
 

PtldChick

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8 Years
Jun 15, 2011
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Portland, OR
Quote:That's interesting...my new layer laid an egg Tuesday afternoon, then Thurday morning, and now Friday afternoon. Seems like she is on a slightly longer cycle. Then again, it could be just adjusting as a new layer. So I don't expect an egg from her tomorrow (Saturday).

I'm Ok if it takes her a little longer to lay an egg. I've heard horror stories of early layers becoming egg-bound so I'd rather she didn't push her system.
 

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