egg song a 14 weeks old huh?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jkioneil, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Ok folks I woke up this morning to our 14 week old buff Orpington singing an egg song and strutting around.seems kinda early. is that a sign that I should move them to layer food? I've always had late bloomers so it took me totally by surprise. Any advice?
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2016
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Peeps are a-peeping Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    She's practicing. I would put out a bowl of oyster shells instead of switching to layer, unless you are feeding a medicated grower than switch to a non medicated. Layer has lower protein, and higher calcium, so switching to it too soon can slow down growth, adding oyster shells will give them access to extra calcium. I don't actually feed layer anymore as I found my hens became depleted on it as I like to feed scratch which brought their daily protein down, layer is 16% which is the minimum daily requirement for egg production so if you feed it you shouldn't add anything extra to the diet.
  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Just because a chicken cackles doesnt mean their laying eggs or practicing.They could do it becuase their alerting becuase they were spooked because they are upset or because they are communicating.Possibility they were alone and looking for their flock memebers.

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