Did I feed lay pellets too soon?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by McCoop, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. McCoop

    McCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there I need some help. I am new to chicken raising. I had two hens start laying and four pullets. I fed them all lay pelletd when the two hens started laying. Now my 4 pullets are 23 weeks and no sign of laying. Could the lay pellet harmed them? One is a RIR, 2 easter egger and one BCM. The two laying are an orpington and california white.

    I appreciate any feedback. I am not losing patience yet...more concerned at this point.
     
  2. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
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    Well, I am no expert, but I doubt seriously you could do any damage feeding lay pellets to pullets. I'd go to the feedstore and compare labels and see just how different the nutritional breakdown is for lay pellets compared to the starter/growth type feeds.
     
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  3. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm fairly new to this too (raised my girls from chicks but just got my first egg yesterday.) But I don't think the lay pellets harmed them. Could be lots of other things. There's a topic in this section called something like "Why aren't my chickens laying?". Its a permanent top-posted topic with pointers for new chicken owners like us. I found it really helpful; hopefully you will too.
     
  4. UncleTommy

    UncleTommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can start feeding layer pellets as early as week 16 without doing them any harm. Layer feed is bad for younger chicks because of the extra calcium, which laying hens need for harder egg shells
     
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. McCoop

    McCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you for that information I really appreciate how much support this forum offers! I am safe, did not feed it to them before 16 weeks.
     
  7. McCoop

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    Quote:Thank you I will read thru the thread.
     

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