Can a chicken lay more than one egg a day?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can a chicken lay more than one egg a day?”, and what factors affect the rate of egg production?

Can a chicken lay more than one egg a day?

Each egg takes about 24-26 hours before it is finally laid. If the chicken starts another egg production cycle right after laying the first egg, you can expect another egg on the same day.

What factors affect the rate of egg production?

It all comes down to the laying pattern of the chicken. This pattern is dependent on the season, age, diet, molt, health condition, and breed. For example, winters slow down egg production because hens are unable to produce a specific hormone in the absence of sunlight.

Similarly, some species are better at laying eggs than others. These species include the White Leghorn and Rhode Island Red lay that lay at the rate of 250-300 eggs a year or almost 5 per week.

The egg-producing ability of the hen is at its peak during the first 2 years. After that, egg production significantly slows down.

20 weeks old egg-laying hens should be fed at least 15-18% protein. A diet that lacks protein will negatively impact the rate of egg production or the ability of the hen to lay healthy eggs.

Filling up the hen’s stomach with things scratch grains, table scraps or treats such as french fries will leave no room for a healthy protein-rich diet. 

Over time, this will lead to protein deficiency in the hen that will impact its egg-laying ability. The hen must be given a nutrient-rich diet that contains vitamins, protein, and calcium to maximize its egg production capacity.

Birds shed their old feather each year to replace them with new ones. The bird should have a healthy protein intake to successfully carry out this process since the feathers are made of keratin protein. Molting is generally stressful for the hen and reduces its ability to lay eggs.

Birds with injuries, parasites, disease, or stress need to recover and be in the best health to reach their maximum potential for laying eggs.

How long do hens sit on eggs?

Once the eggs are laid, the hen will sit on the eggs for more or less 21 days, to promote hatching. During this time, the hen seldom leaves its nest to eat, drink and de-stress herself.

Why do chickens sit on eggs?

The embryo needs warmth to develop into a chick. This warmth is provided by the mother hen who incubates the egg by sitting on them and protecting them. 

The mother hen uses its plucked feathers to make the nest comfortable and to surround the eggs. 

The mother hen keeps the eggs moving with her feet to prevent the eggs from sticking and to promote healthy embryo development. 

Not every hen has the ability to brood. Hormones play an important role in regulating brooding. To allow the eggs to hatch, you should either have a broody hen or an incubator in place.

Do chickens kick bad eggs out of the nest?

Some of the eggs may not hatch because of infertility, unfavorable environmental factors, or a faulty embryo. An egg with a dead embryo eventually starts to rot from the inside. Such an egg stinks if you break it open. 

Most often, the rotten eggs break on their own due to the pressure of the accumulated gases inside them. The rotten mass smells disgusting and the bacteria released from it may contaminate the eggs and the nest.

Therefore, it is very important to get rid of rotten eggs. Sometimes, the hen will do this job but not always. 

Sometimes, hens continue to brood over rotten eggs and even kick out the healthy eggs. The bottom line is that a mother hen’s instinct is not very reliable in this case. 

Your best bet is to check for the integrity of the eggs using the candling method after 1 week or 10 days of incubation. Remove any rotten, cracked, or misshapen eggs as soon as you can.

Does laying eggs hurt chickens?

Chickens have a well-developed nervous system, brain, and nerves. Therefore, hens do feel pain while laying eggs. The laying process is particularly painful for younger hens or if the eggs are exceptionally large. 

Young hens have a tight cloaca which makes it hard for the egg to pass with minimum pain. The whole egg-laying process takes 24-36 hours, with 20 hours dedicated to the making of eggshells alone. The part where the egg comes out of the chicken takes anywhere from 20 seconds to 2 minutes.

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Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.