How long from starting Layer feed till eggs appear??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fonedoc, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. fonedoc

    fonedoc Out Of The Brooder

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    Just got two hens and a rooster.. 9Stil not sure of Breed/Age) but the previous owner did not have any eggs. He did not feed them "Layer Feed?" so I am starting them on it today.. how long until I should see eggs?
     
  2. zebandamber04

    zebandamber04 Out Of The Brooder

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    All chickens are different but they should start laying at 5-6 months old and they don't need the rooster to lay... If not I don't know what to tell you!
     
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    It will probably take at least 2 weeks while they settle into their new home, but there are no guarantees. It depends on breed, age, nutrition, hours of daylight (or artificial light), health and stress levels.
     
  4. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    I started our layers on laying feed at 16 weeks. Our RIRs laid their first eggs at 19 weeks and the rest followed by about 24 weeks. Our course they can lay early or really late. Some chickens are stubborn, free loaders! [​IMG]

    Sonja
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Feeding them layer feed is not going to make them start laying. They'll start laying when their bodies decide they're ready to.
     
  6. fonedoc

    fonedoc Out Of The Brooder

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    So should I buy the Layer feed?
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    If you could post pictures so we could maybe tell how old they are it would help. They really shouldn't be fed layer food until they are on the verge of laying.
     
  8. fonedoc

    fonedoc Out Of The Brooder

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    Here they are

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  9. Superior Chicks

    Superior Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't start feeding the Layer Feed UNTIL I see my first egg. Then I gradually swith over from what they are on to the Layer. I never switch anything all at once.

    Hard to say when they will start laying, as stated above.

    My experience has been when one starts, they all start close behind.

    HTH

    Ma
     
  10. fonedoc

    fonedoc Out Of The Brooder

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    maybe too old then??
     

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