Feed type/timing

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by meginfl, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. meginfl

    meginfl New Egg

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    Do different breeds start laying at different ages?

    I just got 4 Black Stars and 1 Black Australorp yesterday. The farm said they were all 4 months old. He told me to keep them on Purina Start and Grow until February and then switch to Layena or other layer food.

    I have read other places that they should be started on layer feed at 18 weeks and have also read not until 20 weeks.

    Which is best?

    Thanks, Megan
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I usually switch them when they start to lay. That can be anywhere from 17 to 30 weeks. I think your sex links will probably start at the younger age of that range. Heritage breeds usually in the middle of that range.
     
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I started my 4 month olds on the layer feed.....just happened they started laying right about the same time..........
     
  4. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    I think I started feeding mine the layer crumbles at 18 wks and they started laying a few weeks after that. Mine are all the same age and 3 diff breeds and they all developed at a diff rate.
     

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