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My First EGG!! Now what do I do??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mommystayshome, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. mommystayshome

    mommystayshome In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2008
    I FINALLLY got my first egg this morning from one of my BR's!!!! But I don't know what to do now!! Should I put them on Layer pellets?? Right now they are on just lay mash. Or can I keep them on mash until it's gone and then switch to pellets?? YEAH for my ladies!!
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2008
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Happy egging for you! Isn't it exciting? Just so you know, it never ceases to be a thrill, no matter how often you see an egg in the box.

    To answer your question about feed, how about going half & half until you use up the grower feed. It would be a shame to toss it.
  3. tim_TX

    tim_TX Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    Congratulations on your first egg!

    Chickens do not like change, especially when it comes to their feed.
    So my recommendation would be to set out 2 feeders, one with the mash you are currently using, and the other with layer pellets. It took my pullets several weeks before they really started to get used to the change from mash to pellets, let alone any taste differences if you change brands or formulations.
  4. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    Is the layer mash for layers? Laying mash and laying pellets are the same formulation of feed just in a different consistency. Some chickens like pellets better (less waste) and some like mash better. I get the pellets--less waste. Sometimes I can't get anything but mash so they eat that. When they get hungry enough they will eat whatever is out there for them. My chickens have never been finicky. They just eat whatever I give them.[​IMG]
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Good for that Barred Rock [​IMG]!

    What is she now . . . about 21 weeks?

    Amanda, the term "lay mash" is a little confusing. As Smith asks, that's laying mash, right? If they are on laying mash, she's already got what she needs.

    Could it be "starter" mash? . . . or, "grower" as Buff Hooligans thinks?

    Tim's got it right, they don't like changes so you shouldn't jump around if'n you don't need to. And, if'n you do need to change, you can make it an easy transition [​IMG].

  6. mommystayshome

    mommystayshome In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2008
    It is definetly layer mash. I went out and checked the bag!!
  7. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

    Sep 4, 2008
    Well it's up to you.
    Both have the same nutrients and I'm putting my chickens on layer's mash.
    Congratualtions with your ladies.
    Mix the feed with cleaned wheat- that's good for them too.


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