Getting eggs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Scoobie20772, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Scoobie20772

    Scoobie20772 New Egg

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    My first time... I have 14 chicks/chickens that are 3 months old now. When can I expect to get eggs from them? I read in an earlier thread to keep them on the chick food w/med until then. Just curious when they start to lay eggs!
     
  2. lilypad

    lilypad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there.

    I start to wean my girls from chick crumb to growers pellets at around 6-7 weeks, then from growers to layers pellets at 16-18 weeks.
    Some breeds lay much later than others, and if the weathers getting cold some chickens will hold of until Spring to start laying.

    I would expect eggs from the earliest of 4 months, usually around 5-6 months :)
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    6 months is the general average but depending on breed and quality of breeding anywhere for 4-8 months is still in the normal range.

    You can switch them to a grower or non medicated starter now if you want and then to a layer when they are actually laying. A layer is made for laying hens, it does not help them start to lay.

    I actually never switch to a layer I just add calcium (oyster shell) separate from the grower feed. Up to you and the make up of your flock.
     
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