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is 20 weeks too soon?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjeanean, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    I was under the impression that 20 weeks is the age to switch to layer pellets, but just in case I want to check. I know that if given too much calcium too soon pullets can develop kidney problems, but is 20 weeks the right age? Thanks everyone!
     
  2. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started giving my Silkie's laying pellets at around 18 weeks and they started laying around a week later. 20 weeks is fine.
     
  3. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Nope, not to soon. But try to give them a good brand of layer. I gave mine a brand from a small feed store and I hardly got any eggs at all. I switched to Layena made by Purina and I am just now starting to get eggs. Mine are 6 1/2 months old.
     
  4. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    thanks! I wanted to make sure....this is really good, cause the cost of layer pellets is a lot less than all purpose....don't know why. And they also come in 50lb bags rather than 40!
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I didn't switch until I got my first egg. That was at 17 weeks. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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