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No eggs yet - is their diet ok? (App Wont let me post pics?)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by capecodpeeps, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. capecodpeeps

    capecodpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They free range around the fenced in yard and I feed them organic layer pellets

    Treats i give then sunflower seeds, scratch, meal worms, boiled eggs, greens like parsley and the ends to strawberries

    6 months 10 days and no eggs
     
  2. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their diet sounds fine. If you are in the Northern hemisphere, the colder weather and short days are probably a factor. I have several young hens who are 7 months old and their combs are just starting to redden. I'm still waiting too. But finally one laid her first tiny egg yesterday. After the Winter Solstice we should be good!
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I personally would keep them on a grower until they are all laying, by switching to layer you have lowered the protein content, which slows down growth and the start of egg laying. I would put them back on a non medicated grower. They will continue to grow and fill out for up to two years in some breeds. I personally have put mine on an all flock ration with oyster shells on the side and it has helped them molt quicker and resume laying. My younger hens stay on starter grower until being switched to the all flock. Free range birds need more protein than confined birds as well.

    You also didn't mention what breeds you have, some start later than others, so it also will depend on what you have.
     
  4. capecodpeeps

    capecodpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great info! I have a RIR, SLW, and a blue cochin! So if i switch them back to just grower its ok?
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    It will help them finish growing enough to begin laying. Your RIR, and SLW should begin around six months, cochins can take up to 8-9 months. This time of year will sometimes add a month to those start times. I don't switch off grower until they are almost a year, just put out a dish of oyster shells when they start laying they will eat it as needed.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Layer feed is for actively laying birds only. It's a bit too low in protein for growing, developing, or molting birds. And the extra calcium content can be harmful to their kidneys if they aren't laying eggs.
     
  7. capecodpeeps

    capecodpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone!!
    Great info- will switch back
     

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