At what age should chickens start laying eggs? - Page 6
I made my own waterer. It was very simple and it cost a little more but it serves my free range chickens as well as the ones I have penned up. Only thing I would do differently is use a bigger pipe and drill holes instead of cutting sections.
I have 2 Red Star, 2 Buff Orpington, and 2 Barred Rock.
The Red Stars both started laying in their 16th week, and one of them lays double-yolked eggs a few times a week! I'm afraid that means she will stop laying that much earlier. :(
The Buffs and Barreds all started laying in their 23rd week.
I kept all of them on starter feed until the youngest were 16 weeks, then I switched them to layer feed.
I also have a separate supply of oyster shell mixed with ground up baked egg shells, for extra calcium.
Hope this helps!
I have 49 ISA Browns, 3 Rhode Island Reds and 6 Hy line Brown Pullets. Overall I get between 2.5 & 5 doz per day. All depending on the weather and feed available in the paddock. I would love to know when I can expect my pullets to start laying they are currently 12wks old.
To combat the heat (I live 4hours north of Sydney, NSW, Australia) I have attached a soaker hose upside down in the chicken run. They love it when I switch it on as it not only cools them and the chicken coop down it also attracts little bugs and worms that they feast on.