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Christmas Surprise- first egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dwheil, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. dwheil

    dwheil Hatching

    Sep 21, 2008
    Sevierville, Tn
    What a surprise I got today as I unexpectedly got my first egg, a perfect full size brown egg. The chickens are just 18 weeks (Aug 14 ) old and according to what I read here this seems really early.

    My question is: Should I switch them over to layer food, based on this one egg, or wait to see if I get more in the coming days?
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Congratulations on your first egg. Every day when I collect the eggs I feel like they are presents. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Yes switch them over to layer. My first to lay was 17 weeks. I switched over to layer. I had a little starter/grower left so I just mixed it in. No problems.
  3. lisebarb

    lisebarb Songster

    Congrats on your first egg!
    I got my first two yesterday! What a great early xmas present!
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I switched my 4 girls to layer feed when they hit about 5 months (20 weeks). Only 1 is laying, they're nearly 7 months old, and all seem healthy.

    If you're really worried you can leave them on flock feed and offer oyster shell for the layer to free-feed.

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