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Did I feed lay pellets too soon?

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Hi there I need some help. I am new to chicken raising. I had two hens start laying and four pullets. I fed them all lay pelletd when the two hens started laying. Now my 4 pullets are 23 weeks and no sign of laying. Could the lay pellet harmed them? One is a RIR, 2 easter egger and one BCM. The two laying are an orpington and california white.

I appreciate any feedback. I am not losing patience yet...more concerned at this point.

post #2 of 7

Well, I am no expert, but I doubt seriously you could do any damage feeding lay pellets to pullets.  I'd go to the feedstore and compare labels and see just how different the nutritional breakdown is for lay pellets compared to the starter/growth type feeds.


Edited by rebbetzin - 10/27/11 at 11:58pm
NOW WE HAVE EGGS!!!     
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NOW WE HAVE EGGS!!!     
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post #3 of 7

I'm fairly new to this too (raised my girls from chicks but just got my first egg yesterday.)  But I don't think the lay pellets harmed them. Could be lots of other things. There's a topic in this section called something like "Why aren't my chickens laying?". Its a permanent top-posted topic with pointers for new chicken owners like us. I found it really helpful; hopefully you will too.

Thinking of medicating your birds? STOP!! Please research this forum before giving your birds meds. The wrong medicine can make a chicken worse. Your bird may not even be sick! Lots of normal chicken behaviors are mistaken for illness by new chicken keepers. THINK BEFORE YOU MEDICATE.

We bought 11 acres of farmland with lots of room for chickens! Chicken keeper for 3 years; flock of 30+.
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Thinking of medicating your birds? STOP!! Please research this forum before giving your birds meds. The wrong medicine can make a chicken worse. Your bird may not even be sick! Lots of normal chicken behaviors are mistaken for illness by new chicken keepers. THINK BEFORE YOU MEDICATE.

We bought 11 acres of farmland with lots of room for chickens! Chicken keeper for 3 years; flock of 30+.
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post #4 of 7

you can start feeding layer pellets as early as week 16 without doing them any harm.  Layer feed is bad for younger chicks because of the extra calcium, which laying hens need for harder egg shells

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=423023

here
is that thread....maybe they just aren't ready yet...some chickens take a long time to lay...

Live in Colorado....1 Calif. white, 2 Australorp, 3 Barred Rock, 1 Gold Comet, 2 Black Sex link, 3 EE pullets, 1 Golden Duckwing roo, 1 EE/Old English Game mix roo,1 silkie/cochin mix, & 1 Production  red
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Live in Colorado....1 Calif. white, 2 Australorp, 3 Barred Rock, 1 Gold Comet, 2 Black Sex link, 3 EE pullets, 1 Golden Duckwing roo, 1 EE/Old English Game mix roo,1 silkie/cochin mix, & 1 Production  red
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Originally Posted by UncleTommy 

you can start feeding layer pellets as early as week 16 without doing them any harm.  Layer feed is bad for younger chicks because of the extra calcium, which laying hens need for harder egg shells


Thank you for that information I really appreciate how much support this forum offers!  I am safe, did not feed it to them before 16 weeks.

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Originally Posted by JodyJo 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=423023

here
is that thread....maybe they just aren't ready yet...some chickens take a long time to lay...


Thank you I will read thru the thread.

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