Most people know chickens lay eggs, but what time of day do chickens lay eggs? Do they all lay eggs simultaneously, or does it depend on the chicken? These are questions that many people have, so we’re going to take a closer look at when chickens lay eggs. Keep reading to find out!
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What Time of Day Do Chickens Lay Eggs, and Why?Chickens typically lay eggs early in the morning, often before the rising sun. There are a few reasons for this so let’s look at a few.
- Laying eggs at dawn helps chickens stay cool because during the day the temperatures get pretty hot.
- Laying eggs early in the morning gives chickens the entire day to eat and drink, which helps them to stay healthy and produces strong shells.
- Predators are less active in the early morning hours, so chickens are less likely to be attacked while they’re busy laying eggs.
How to Tell if a Chicken is Laying EggsChickens typically lay eggs early in the morning, so if you suspect your chicken is laying eggs, check the nest around sunrise. Eggs are usually laid in a nest the chicken has prepared in advance, so if you find an egg in an unusual location, the chicken is likely disturbed while laying. If you suspect your chicken is laying eggs, but you’re not finding any, check the nest regularly and look for signs of disturbance. With patience, you should be able to tell whether or not your chicken is laying eggs. You may notice your chicken making noises or you may see them laying the egg. Regardless, you’ll know for sure when you see the eggs laid in the nest. Read our related article, Why Do Chickens Lay Unfertilized Eggs? Most people eat unfertilized eggs, and this is why and how they’re made!
The Benefits of Raising Chickens for EggsChickens are poultry birds that are most commonly known for being raised to produce eggs. Chickens can lay anywhere from 1 to 7 eggs daily and usually lay their eggs early in the morning. There are many benefits of raising chickens for eggs:
A Continual Supply of Fresh EggsStore-bought eggs can be expensive, and they’re not always fresh. When you have your chickens, you can be assured that the eggs are as fresh as possible.
You’re in ControlAnother benefit of having chickens is knowing what the chicken has been fed and what environment it was raised in. When you buy eggs from the store, you never know exactly what went into caring for the egg-laying chickens. When you raise your chickens, you can ensure that they’re fed a healthy diet and raised humanely so you feel better about using the eggs. Read More: How Long Can Chickens Go Without Food and Water? Chickens shouldn’t go longer than a few days without food. Here’s what to know.
Free FertilizerIn addition to the fresh eggs, raising chickens for eggs can also provide you with a source of fertilizer for your garden or farm. Chicken manure is high in nitrogen and other essential nutrients, making it a perfect natural fertilizer for plants.
It’s Fun!Finally, raising chickens can be a fun and rewarding experience. Raising chickens is an excellent option whether you are looking for a way to save money or want to have fresh eggs. Read More: What Chickens Lay White Eggs? Want the pure white eggs without the trip to the grocery store? These are the chickens that lay the whitest eggs!
How to Incubate Chicken Eggs So They HatchChickens typically lay eggs early in the morning, so it is best to collect them as soon as possible, especially if you’re looking to incubate them by hand. To incubate chicken eggs, you will need:
- An incubator
- A thermometer
- A humidity gauge
What to Do With Chicks Once They’ve HatchedOnce chicks have hatched, there are a few things you need to do to take care of them:
- You need to make sure that they have food and water. Chicks need a particular type of food called “starter feed,” which is higher in protein than regular chicken feed. They also need access to fresh water at all times.
- You need to provide them with a warm place to stay. Chicks need a temperature of between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the first week of their lives. After that, you can gradually start lowering the temperature by 5 degrees per week till they are fully feathered and can regulate their body temperature.
- Keep an eye out for signs of illness and injury.