just got my first egg off my 17 week olds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by eddie w, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. eddie w

    eddie w Out Of The Brooder

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    should i start them on laying pellets now that i got my first egg
     
  2. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Humm, most wait until a few of them are laying? [​IMG]
     
  3. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, In general 17 weeks old is the perfect age to start them on layers food. I also think you can give them oyster shells for extra calcium.
     
  4. Silverose

    Silverose Out Of The Brooder

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    I've seen several people say that they switch over at the first egg, I plan on trying to, depending on how much I have left, if it's quite a bit i'll just mix the two to use it up. I believe your supposed to blend the feeds anyway to transition them onto a new feed. I would definitely offer some sort of calcium though.
     
  5. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    congrats! on your first egg!!
     
  6. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratz!!

    That also comfirms I need to get busy and get some straw or something in my nest boxes. Mine are 16 weeks and my boxes are empty.
     
  7. Gen9

    Gen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay! I'm very happy for you - mine are about 17 weeks, I'm hoping to get eggs soon because my husband is getting impatient and wanting to know when our investment is going to pay off [​IMG]
     
  8. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    conrates on your first egg, my girs should be right behind your girls

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  9. RSFChicks

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    Thats great and only 17 weeks!!! I agree, switch to layer food, however I have never been able to get my chickens to eat pellets, they prefer crumbles and here where I live crumbles do not seem to be anymore expensive.

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  10. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our breeder had us switch the girls from grower to layer at 18 weeks. My girls laid at 18 weeks- 21 weeks.
     

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