1st Egg!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stnkyferit, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. stnkyferit

    stnkyferit Chirping

    Jun 1, 2012
    Ummmm....so either my buff orp or one of my 2 plymouth rocks laid an egg today....I would be more thrilled, but I wasnt expecting it! They arent even 5 months old (4 1/2 months) and thought we had a few more weeks [​IMG]

    I havent even set up nesting boxes or anything yet!

    I still have them on grower...should I switch them to layer?! Do I need calcium supplementation?

  2. Horse Chick

    Horse Chick In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2012
    Rhode Island
    Congrats on your first egg, I remember how excited I was when that happened a few weeks ago. I have the same two breeds and it was a rock that was first. The first eggs were much smaller than expected but they do get bigger. I understand they usually start anywhere between 4-6 months for most but I have some orps that are 6 months this week and still no eggs. My cousin who has had chickens longer than me starts mixing the grower and layer if he gets an early one like you did. There are a lot more experienced folks here so hopefully they will chime in for ya.
  3. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    I would just offer oyster shell free choice. Only the hens that need it will eat it. My BR's and BO's started laying at 19 and 20 weeks.
  4. ChickenFootRnch

    ChickenFootRnch In the Brooder

    Oct 21, 2012
    East TN
    Congrats!! [​IMG]

    I give my hens the choice when they are young, I have both grower and layer for them to pick from, they have instinct and know which they need. However once they do slow down on grower I phase it out, if there are no young'ens still needing it. I do the same in winter with whole corn if its gonna get cold. Hope this helps.
  5. stnkyferit

    stnkyferit Chirping

    Jun 1, 2012
    Off to Agway tomorrow LOL

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