6 months old - on layer feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BLaBauve, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    I have 2 BLRW's and 1 RIR that are over 6 months old and have never layed. I started them on layer feed about a month ago - hoping that they would start laying. I don't know if they will lay this year now that winter is coming. Can they stay on layer feed even when not laying? Are there other options I should be considering?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    They'll lay when they get ready. They are old enough to stay on layer pellets. My buckeyes are almost 8 months old and some have just started laying, and the others aren't laying yet.
     
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    Give your hens time. Some people say that Layena (layer food) will make hens lay. I disagree. Layena (layer food) makes the eggshell stronger and some other things.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Laying feed does not make them lay; it merely gives them the nutrition they need when they are laying. Maxx is correct.
     
  5. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    I would be thrilled if the started to lay in the GA mild fall/winter. But friends have told me not to count on it until it warms up again. I hope they're wrong! I will keep them on the layer feed as you suggested. Thanks.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I think they will probably lay before spring. I have a 23 week old BR pullet who is just now investigating the nestboxes. I'm sure she will lay in the next couple of weeks.
     

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