First time laying

RAsChickens

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I just realized I'm going to be camping when my 5 pullets begin laying! We are opening the nest boxes this coming weekend (when they will be a little under 17 weeks) to make sure they might lay before we go. My boyfriend's cousin is coming to check on them every day. Should I be worried about having one egg bound? When should I start giving oyster shells/ switch to layer feed? They eat Purina start and grow medicated. I'm planning to switch them to Purina Layena feed
 

AlleysChicks

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Start offering oyster shell now. I have a chick feeder full of it with mine. I feed all flock to mine, never have fed layer feed. I have all ages of pullets and some roosters.

IF you decide to feed layer wait until all are laying. Mine didn't start laying until they were 22 weeks? So you might awhile still. Did you put dummy eggs where you want them to lay?
 

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