Got my first egg at 18 weeks, safe to switch all 5 to layer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pet Duck Boy, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I just got my first egg this morning from one of my RIR pullets at 18 weeks! Since them I've been feeding them a grower/starter mix with amprolium in it, along with whatever they find in the yard, BOSS, and the occasional treat of eggs or fruit. They really only eat their food in the morning and at dusk. Should I switch all 5 of them to the 16% layer now? My 2 other RIRs are doing the egg squat.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Yep, that's a good idea. Exactly what I did. I also provide some crushed oyster shell in a separate dish or bin for them so they get some extra calcium.
     
  3. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Quote:Congrats on the first egg!!! Can you tell me what the egg squat is???
     
  4. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Quote:Congrats on the first egg!!! Can you tell me what the egg squat is???

    Sometimes when I reach for one of them they'll spread out their wings and quickly sit on the ground. It only lasts a second or two for me but it's noticeable. I hear it starts soon before laying.
     

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