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when shouldi begin to feed my hens layer pellets

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Just looking for a simple answer. I have 7 hens that are around 18 weeks old 2 of the hens have started laying eggs daily and the other have not. Should I switch to layer pellets? go with a half and half mix of layer and stater? or just stay on starter till there all laying? I don't have any oyster shells to suppliment yet but can get some very soon. What you thinking i should do here? thanks

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post #2 of 9
When bag is empty switch to layer
post #3 of 9

You need oyster shell or crushed egg shells immediately. After a couple eggs, the calcium stores in the medullary bone is gone.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #4 of 9
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I have a full bag of starter still and also have layer avaliable
post #5 of 9
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I only have 7 hens so a bag would last me sometime
post #6 of 9
So you have a full bag left.. I'd still feed it out.
post #7 of 9
Feed out the staryer, but supply calcium as ChickenCanoe said by offering oyster shell.
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post #8 of 9
I'm not a super experienced chicken person but I would mix the two feeds and use them both together. Get the oyster shell and put it in a separate feeder. The ones who need it will use it.

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

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Ok thanks
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