21 week old Australorps & no eggs. Go ahead and switch to layer feed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LauraP, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. LauraP

    LauraP Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all.

    I have 3 black australorps who are 21 weeks old and not laying yet. Their combs are definitely red, but they're not really squatting or acting more docile yet. We're not feeding layer feed. I thought you were supposed to wait until they started to lay because they didn't need the extra protein. But now I just read somewhere else that you are supposed to be feeding them layer feed once they are 19 weeks. Should I start now?

    Also, they don't free-range much. Most days they get out for an hour or so, but not every day, so the likelihood that they are laying somewhere else is pretty slim.
     
  2. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I switched my hens at 19 weeks when my grower/starter food ran out. They started laying at 20 weeks (well, one of them!).
     
  3. LauraP

    LauraP Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. Anyone know any reasons I shouldn't switch?
     
  4. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

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    No. They are deffinently old enough to switch food. [​IMG] I would start mixing it half and half. Sometimes they don't like change. You should be getting beautiful, small light brown eggs. My BA has been laying for almost a month. The eggs are still small but at least she's laying. Now, it only the other girls would get the hint. [​IMG]
     

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