how long after intro light till eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by busby965, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. busby965

    busby965 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just put a light in with my girls (and guys) their black marans cocks and hens, and barred rock, rhode island, and buff orp hens they are all 22-26 weeks old and not laying yet but i feel they are old enough to put a light on i put the white light on 15 hours a day and a red 20w on all the time. just wanted to know how long it took some of yall to get a few eggs. thanks, by the way i live in alabama so not bitterly cold and they have a nicely insulated house. thanks again
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Light is the key. Temperature would have little impact with those breeds. With those breeds at that age and with 15 hours, you'll probably get the first egg in a week and most if not all will be laying in 2 weeks.
    Let me know how close I called it.
    Until they lay, I'd be giving them a grower feed. Switch to layer when most are laying. In the meantime, a little oyster shell in a separate container will take care of those the start laying.
     
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    busby965 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for quick reply I'm feeding 27% gamebird mixed with 22% layer they have free choice oyster shell and grit ill let you know as soon as i get an egg. thanks again
     

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