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My Barred Rock Hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Larry82052, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Larry82052

    Larry82052 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Barred Rock hens are 2 months old.How long will it be before they start laying.I am feeding the small layena pellets that are 16% protein! Larry
     
  2. weshard

    weshard Out Of The Brooder

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    At about 5 months they should be laying. From my experience with other breeds.
     
  3. applegal

    applegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Larry - you have 2-3 months to go. The Layena layer feed is not for girls that young. The calcium for egg production in the feed can damage the kidneys. I feed my youngsters the Start and Grow or Flock Raiser... depending. If you read the back of the feed bag it will show a graph of when to introduce Layer rations.
    hope that helps!
     
  4. Larry82052

    Larry82052 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK thank you Applegal,I will get some to feed them,,thanks so much!!! Wow I love this forum,,Larry
     
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  5. Larry82052

    Larry82052 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your answer to Weshard!! Very much help here thanks a million!!! Larry
     
  6. BusyBlonde

    BusyBlonde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2. I have my 2nd generation BR's at 5 months, and am just getting pullet eggs. I don't start feeding them layer feed until they're at least 5 months old and their combs/wattles get bright red and they start squating and singing the egg song, LOL.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    At 2 months old, they are still babies and need starter, not layer pellets. Feed starter/grower until they start laying, which can be anywhere from 18-28 weeks old, generally.
     
  8. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Mine started laying at about 5.5 months, but that doesn't mean yours will. Every chicken is different and some press the limits of the average. [​IMG]

    Also, you do not need to start feeding them layer food until they actually start laying. The excess calcium really doesn't do them any good if they're not laying.
     
  9. jman4701

    jman4701 New Egg

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    How did you tell that they were hens because my BR is about 2 months old and i still cannot tell what gender it is can you help me?
     

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