Got the first egg today! eggciting!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rbnk1, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. rbnk1

    rbnk1 Songster

    The smallest girl, Tiny, laid the first egg today! Medium size, brown. :wee
    What an exciting moment to push aside the nest box curtain and see that egg!
    I knew one of them was up to something when I heard The Egg Song from inside the house!

    Question?- Its alright if I switch to layer feed now, even if the other girls aren't laying? And give oyster shell seprately even if calcium is in the feed?
    Thanks BYCers!!
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  2. tjb

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    I have asked that question many times... The answer is
    1.) if you can find All Flock Feed, that is good. I can't find it at my feed stores locally.
    2.) Continue on Grower feed just make sure to have oyster shell out for your layer until all are laying. Layer feed is not good for the non-laying pullets, even if they are close...

    Congrats on your first egg!
     
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  3. Chelseyb123

    Chelseyb123 Songster

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    Congrats on the egg! Isnt it exciting!! Lol i know i get all smiley when i gey some from those whove been talking theyre time. And id ask different feed stores. Im in maine an the hardware store down the road from my house sells southern traditional i think its called. Its the only brand they have. But it comes in layer and a multi flock feed an game birds. I got it when i just had my rooster. Its cheaper than layer. Id really like to try an switch back to something like that but better quality but its still hard to find unless i order it online which makes it triple the price as it would be in store.
     
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  4. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    The first egg is a special one, I called my first egg the thousand dollar egg. I had to wait 8 months for my first one. Congrats on getting your first one.

    JT
     
  5. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    Congratulations! One of mine is close too, exciting stuff!
     
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  6. Xlcandylx

    Xlcandylx Songster

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    I was told it's okay for my hen to keep eating starter feed if one starts to lay. I do a combo of feed since I have teenagers and adults in the pen. So they can get what they need. Plus put extra protein in there pens since I can't let them out yet because of the cold.
     
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  7. rbnk1

    rbnk1 Songster

    Got the second perfect lil brown egg today!! :ya
     
  8. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    If you have layers offer them oyster shell. I also rinse and dry my egg shells and grind them up a bit in an old food processor with a couple of pulses and put them with the oyster shells.

    JT
     
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  9. rbnk1

    rbnk1 Songster

    I nailed a lil dish of oystershell in the coop & the girls are flinging the bits all over...
     
  10. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    @aart has a dispenser for grit and oyster shell that they can't fling it out... a plastic jug with a hole in the side. When I get a break I'm going to copy that idea.

    JT
     
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