When I spoke with the guy at the feed store he said that's all they've ever stocked. This explains why they're so skittish! I had thought they were White Rocks. I was looking forward to brown eggs simply for the novelty of a different color of egg. Oh well, fresh eggs are fresh eggs! I also was looking forward to having heavier hens so they'd have a better chance of standing up to our cat if need be. Thus far we have not been letting them range freely.
I asked him what he fed his Leghorns after 8 weeks of chick starter. He said he mixes his last bag of chick starter with layer feed at 8 weeks of age.
I asked the same question to the guy who let us into the feed barn and he repeated the same thing.
I told my husband privately I wanted to stick with the advice I'd read on here, to leave them on chick food or change to grower feed until we saw an egg. He told me to go ahead and do what I wished. When I asked the cashier to ring me up for a bag of grower feed I was informed they don't even carry it.
There's another feed store in town I can check for grower feed but I'm so divided now. The guys I spoke with have raised chickens for 50 years and more. Are they recommending layer feed at an early age because Leghorns are known to lay sooner relative to other breeds?
Opinions anyone? Thank you, I appreciate it.
ETA I realize this has been likely asked many, many times and I apologize. I will do some more reading in other threads.
Edited by ChickiesInUtah - 6/17/12 at 5:40am