Difference in when Bantams start laying (vs. standards) ????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by arwmommy, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. arwmommy

    arwmommy Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Hey everyone,
    Is there a difference at what age bantams start laying vs. standards??

    I am just wondering if I should start them on layer feed and put the nest boxes in at 18 weeks (as with standards) or if I should start earlier or later????

    Any thoughts on this? (I swear I did the search since every newbie asks about it for their chickens [​IMG] but there was nothing specific to bantams-- I swear!)
  2. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    I've got bantams (cochins and brahmas), and they start laying last week at the tender age of 17 weeks. This was about a month earlier than I had expected. I started them on layer crumbles a couple weeks ago. And their nest boxes had been installed several weeks before that. I think it's safe to start them on layer food at 3-4 months of age. As far as I know, the age at which a pullet lays its first egg depends more on health and breed, than whether they are bantams or standards.

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