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Fully grown?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by aimee, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. aimee

    aimee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, this is probably a really silly question but about how old are chicks when they are fully grown? I know how old they'll be when they start laying but I haven't read anything about when they're done growing.
     
  2. homesteader34

    homesteader34 Out Of The Brooder

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    You know im glad you asked that. I have been wondering also. I dont even know how old my chicks are. So its not a silly question at all.
     
  3. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Most people start layer rations at 18 to 20 weeks. And most breeds will start laying by 26 weeks. I think fully grown or no longer called pullets but called hens by 1 year?
     
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  4. akyramoto

    akyramoto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i personally consider them grown when they start laying
     
  5. silkhope

    silkhope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't consider them "grown" until they're a year old (pullet - hen, cockeral - rooster). [​IMG]
     
  6. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    So do you feed them the chick starter until 18 weeks or so??
     
  7. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Yes I feed mine starter and then switched to layer feed and scratch at 18 weeks.
     
  8. aimee

    aimee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I don't think I made my question clear. I know the whole food timing thing but what I'm wondering is when they are as big as they are going to get?
     
  9. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Oh! I think mine havent grown any since 5 or 6 months old.

    sorry miscommunication.
     
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  10. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    So i have to ask.......I was told to feed mine 'grower' until they start laying eggs and then i should switch them to layer. Is this not right? I had a lady tell me hers would not lay eggs because she switched them to layer too soon. Any thoughts on this?
     

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