Pullets question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bryce1217, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Bryce1217

    Bryce1217 In the Brooder

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    Hello,

    My four girls are 17 weeks old (one Rhode Island, one Plymouth Rock, one Easter Egger, one Buff Orpington). They are so much fun!

    I recently caught my Rhode Island girl singing the egg song for about a minute. All of them are still growing their combs and wattles though. Will they actually lay before fully growing combs and wattles??

    Thank you so much.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Crowing

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    Yes, it is possible.
     
  3. Chikkin4life

    Chikkin4life In the Brooder

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    It also depends on breed and calcium levels
     
  4. Bryce1217

    Bryce1217 In the Brooder

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    Here is a picture of Morgan, my RIR.

    Oyster shells for calcium? The get high quality crumbles now for feed, and the feed store owner told me oyster shells are for only older laying hens.
     

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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    She might be getting close...but the 'egg song' can mean many things.

    What kind of feed is she eating?
    OS offered 'on the side', in a separate container, is often a good idea even if birds are eating layer feed. But they should have neither layer feeder or OS until after they start laying.

    Oh, and, here's some tips on how to tell....
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/
     
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  6. Bryce1217

    Bryce1217 In the Brooder

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    I'm feeding them the 6-18 week old feed. Thank you for the advise! We are excited for our first eggs, I know if could be an other month or two of waiting still so we'll see.
     

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