When I first started getting into chickens (after my wife pushed the idea on me and I found I loved it), I started to wonder how many eggs we could get out of this. 

I realized how little I knew about chickens. 

So I researched, and I came across some claims that chickens can sometimes even lay up to three eggs per day!

This seemed a little bit crazy to me, so I looked into it. 

Chickens will lay at most one egg per day. It takes an average of 24 hours for a chicken to produce an egg and then lay it. If they’re extremely happy and healthy, the number might go up a bit where you get two eggs per day on occasion, but this is the most you’ll expect.

Check out the rest of the article for more info on how often chickens lay eggs and how we can help them produce healthy eggs with consistency. 

Can A Chicken Lay Three Eggs In One Day

How Long Does It Take A Chicken To Make An Egg? 

It seems like for chickens making eggs is an easy process, but in reality, it requires a lot of nutrients. 

Eggs are made out of almost entirely protein. 

For a chicken to lay eggs consistently, it’ll need a high protein diet. 

Some chicken owners will feed their chickens animal protein and supplement their feed with table scraps and small bits of cat food. 

Other chicken owners realize this is more expensive and more work, so they stick with good quality but high protein feed. 

The process of making and laying an egg takes an average of 24 hours. 

If the chicken is happy and completely healthy, this number will be held with consistency.

In rare cases, they might go a little faster.

But if the chicken is at all stressed, the process slows down quite a bit. 

Many owners will find that a chicken won’t lay eggs for a few days after moving a chicken coop or after a storm. 

This is perfectly normal because chickens are pretty picky creatures. 

The rule of thumb when it comes to chickens is: 

If chickens are happy, leave them alone. 

Don’t mess with things and mess up their stress levels, or you’ll start losing eggs.

The most you’ll be able to expect are two eggs per day, but this is rare. 

Most of the time, it’s one egg per day or, more realistically, two eggs out of every three days. 

It takes some adjusting to get the exact right home and feed set up to achieve this number. 

But it is possible. 

Speaking of how often hens lay eggs, you may also want to check out our guide to how many chickens you need to lay a dozen eggs per week (with helpful tables for other amounts, too!). 

Why Is My Chicken Not Laying Eggs? 

When you get your hens, most people get them for collecting and eating farm-fresh eggs. 

They’re always more delicious than those bought at the store. 

And you feel a sense of pride knowing exactly where the eggs came from.

When the chickens aren’t laying the eggs, you’ll often feel frustrated. 

Maybe you’ll worry they’re sick. 

The reality is that chickens stop laying eggs for many reasons, only a few of which are actual illnesses. 

Let’s look at some of these reasons. 

The Chickens Are Molting 

Chickens tend to molt in the middle to late fall and early winter. 

During a molt, they lose all of their feathers and produce new ones. 

Feathers are made of almost complete protein. 

So it makes sense that your chicken will stop laying while producing new feathers. 

The protein has to go somewhere, and new feathers are the top priority, especially as the weather gets colder. 

When your chickens molt, don’t panic when they don’t lay eggs. 

A high protein diet can help you still get a good yield from your pet even while they’re molting (although it’ll probably be much lower than your average). 

The Chickens Are Cold, And It’s Wintertime

In the winter, the chickens are less comfortable. 

Most of the time, they’re clammed up in their coop. 

They don’t get to exercise, and they don’t get a lot of mental stimulation.

All of this affects moods and makes them less willing to produce eggs. 

Producing eggs also takes energy, and when it’s colder, animals naturally conserve energy. 

Even if you keep the coop nice and warm, it’s normal to see a dip in their egg production. 

During the winter, some people find their egg production stops altogether. 

At this point, most people will increase the animal protein in their feed. 

If you aren’t already using things like table scraps or a cat kibble to supplement, you might want to start doing so. 

Now many people find that this helps increase their yield during the winter months, although it’s normal for it to never reach the same as it is during spring and summer.

If you’re worried because the egg production has stopped completely, go around your area and talk to other chicken farmers to see what’s going on with theirs. 

They might have some insight into your specific situation. 

Your Chickens Are Unhappy

Chickens are picky creatures. 

Pretty much anything sets them off and stresses them out. 

From any slight change in their chicken coop to moving them to a different spot to a storm coming through to new predators roaming the area, all of these can throw off a chicken’s mood and make it, so they don’t lay eggs for a day or two. 

It’s unclear why this is, though. 

It probably has something to do with their instincts. 

Laying eggs is a vulnerable position, and their instincts tell them the eggs they lay are likely to get destroyed or eaten when things are stressful.

They want to protect their young if at all possible.

Why lay eggs when there’s a chance something bad could happen? 

The extra nutrients are saved and turned into energy. 

If they were stressed and fear for their life, they could use that energy to escape from a predator or conserve the energy to make it through a tough weather period when they might not get as much food as normal. 

To fix the egg issues, check to make sure there are no new sources of stress and keep them happy. 

You may find signs of predators or something you didn’t notice before. 

Happy chickens are productive chickens. 

Your Chickens Are Sick 

If your chickens are sick, it does stand to reason that they won’t get to lay eggs like they normally do. 

Since a lack of eggs has many reasons, you shouldn’t assume they’re ill every time.

Look for other signs of illness besides not laying their eggs before you panic. 

Common signs of illness in chickens include:

  • Feather loss
  • Lack of movement/lethargy
  • Discharge and fluid in the eyes, mouth, nose
  • Change in droppings
  • Faded or closed eyes
  • Drooping wings
  • Laying down