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Feed for 17 week old pullets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Godiva, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been feeding my pullets Purina Start and Grow. I have two Speckled Sussex and one Buff Orp. What I was wondering is approximately when I should switch over to layer rations? About how old are they when they start laying? What should I feed them in the meantime? ON the bag of feed it says up to 18 weeks I believe... does this mean they will start to lay soon after that and can I just continue them on this starter grower until closer to the time of laying? Thanks
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Around 18 - 20 weeks the average hen begin to lay. It is not an exact science. I have seen many hens lay the first egg long after they have passed 20 weeks. When they do begin to lay the hens will need a higher calcium to make good egg shells. As they approach 18 weeks you can mix what is left of the starter feed with a laying feed until you use it all up. After then give them just the laying feed. You might also offer free choice crushed oyster shells just in case they need more calcium.
     

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