In June I got a lot of golden buff chicks from MPC. I gave six to my cousin and I kept 24 for myself. Well, they are 19 weeks old now, and she is getting four eggs a day from her six and mine don't look anywhere near laying age yet! Mine are healthy, well treated, got plenty of space, plenty of access to food and water. The only difference is she feeds hers Nutrena Nature Wise 16% layer feed and I feed mine a 22% layer feed from a local mill. We started feeding them layer feed when they were 16 weeks old. Before then hers ate Nutrena Nature Wise 20% grower and mine had a 20% from a local mill. Her chickens: My Chickens So my question is first, is it possible that her feeding them higher quality feed is why they are already laying? On the food label hers and my feed are essentially the same, except they are actually getting more protein with mine, but seem a month behind hers development wise! Secondly, is it healthier overall for them to grow slower (like mine) than faster (like hers, already laying) or does it even matter in the long run? Should I switch away from my local feed-mill layer feed? I'm jealous that I'm not getting dozens of eggs yet, especially if it may be because of the quality of my local mill feed! My idea is that the Nutrena is tastier, even though basically the same stuff nutritionally, so they ate it faster and grew faster. What do yall think?