Laying info

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by roco, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. roco

    roco Hatching

    Feb 3, 2007
    Have three and one half month old Orpington chicks. What age should I sart feeding
    laying pellets? Any info is appreciated.
  2. soonerdog

    soonerdog Songster

    You could probably expect a few eggs to start when the girls get around 6-8 months old. Try the laying pellets then, when they begin to lay the very first few eggs.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2007
  3. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    I recommend just putting out oystershell before you have any idea they're coming into lay...they'll only eat it if they need when they start to eat a bunch of it, you'll know it's time to swtich to layer ration (although many just keep their birds on grower ration and add oystershell free choice).

    Also, when they're about to start laying, their combs and wattles will turn BRIGHT bloody red color. That's a sure sign you're close.

  4. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    I was told to start to feed layer pellets with the first sign of an egg also, but I acquired a few layers before mine started to lay and they said it was ok to feed them layer food a little early.

    Last edited: Jan 2, 2008

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