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6 months old - on layer feed?

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

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    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?


  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    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
    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 Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    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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