20 week old pullets seem SMALL. pictures added.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Namble, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Namble

    Namble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 30 or about that many 20 week old pullets of different breeds. I have been feeding them chick starter/grower since they were 1 day old. And some veggatables and bread here and there. Just today I switched them to laying mash because I was told they need it to prepare for laying. But I don't think I'll be getting any eggs from them for awhile. What have I been doing wrong because they seem way undersize. There combs aren't even coming in very much. As you can see in the pictures they are pretty small.

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  2. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
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    They look nice to me. [​IMG]
     
  3. Namble

    Namble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But don't they seem small for 20 weeks old?
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2009
  4. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    A watched pot never boils! They do look "young" but then one morning you look out and you think "Where did my chicks go?" Things like weather and heat can cause a stresser to the hens that can affect maturation. Don't give up on them yet, They look good.
     
  5. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
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    They look like my girls. Not full grow quite yet. But ready to lay eggs. [​IMG]
     
  6. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    My varying breeds of 20 weekers are noticeably smaller than my year old laying hens, and have tiny, pale combs, and dont squat or anything... I'm trying to be patient, you should too! [​IMG]
     
  7. animal_lover03

    animal_lover03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :)Just keep feeding them and loving them and you'll get eggs.
     
  8. fiberart57

    fiberart57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for posting this question!!!! I was afraid to because mine are also 20 weeks old and don't have much comb and wattle to them. And they're not laying either. I was afraid I would be accused of not feeding them enough to cause them to mature but they get Flock Raiser, free choice grit and oyster shell, scratch at night (just a bit), yoghurt, raisins, crickets . . . . They seem healthy; they run around the yard and will sometimes go into a sort of free-for-all race across the yard to me, running and flapping wildly. They just seem to be stuck in this stage of almost hen but still chickie.

    Mary in Colorado
     

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