Ditto on the not bothering with layer feed, I have never used it.
I like to feed a flock raiser/grower/finisher 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat. I do grind up the crumbles (in the blender) for the chicks for the first week or so.
The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer. I adjust the amounts of other feeds to get the protein levels desired with varying situations.
Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.
Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.
Originally Posted by jsmith2952
Hi, I have two easter eggers that I bought last August. The owner felt sure that the girls would both start laying by fall, and assumed they were 10-12 weeks when purchased. However, neither have started yet, and they're nearing 40 weeks! It seems like a really long time to me, but I've no experience with EEs, as I have sex links who started laying at 18-20 weeks. I live in Ontario and get that the shorter days and winter will impact the egg laying but what the heck?! :)
I've included some pics of them taken a few weeks ago..Any insight into why the wait is so long would be super appreciated!
Thanks so much
That girl is pretty red ...is this a recent pic?
EE's don't always lay blue or green eggs, sometimes they lay brown or pinkish eggs.
Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.
Combs and Wattles:
Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!
2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
Edited by aart - 3/10/16 at 6:29am