Red Sex Links not laying 26wks

Lighteye

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I know this reply is 11 years late lol but I was worrying about my chickens. The supplier who sold them to me said they would lay at 16 weeks but they're now 20 weeks and their wattles and comb are still small. I don't have any roosters. And they love hiding under the car and the tree where it's very dark during the noon time. I don't know if it's the amount of daylight, lack of rooster or protein. I started giving them layer mash just to see if they will lay.
 

aart

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I don't know if it's the amount of daylight, lack of rooster or protein. I started giving them layer mash just to see if they will lay.
Nothing to do with a male bird.
Amount of daylight definitely a factor.
Diet can be a factor too.
Layer feed will not 'make' them lay, they should not get layer feed until they are all laying.
Many folks never feed layer formulation, just provide Oyster Shell in a separate feeder.
Here's some tips on how to tell...
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/
 

Lighteye

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Oct 7, 2019
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Nothing to do with a male bird.
Amount of daylight definitely a factor.
Diet can be a factor too.
Layer feed will not 'make' them lay, they should not get layer feed until they are all laying.
Many folks never feed layer formulation, just provide Oyster Shell in a separate feeder.
Here's some tips on how to tell...
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/
What should u feed them if not feed formulation? If u say oats and sunflowers, those are expensive where I'm from. I Wana avoid formulation but it has delayed their laying. The supplier told me his other buyers already started getting eggs because they feed them formulation. They got eggs at 16 weeks. They're currently around 22 weeks now but I haven't got a single egg. I fed them formulation for 2 weeks now but I don't see it being practical in the long run. I don't want my chickens to be dependent on formulation to lay. I used to give them grains (wheat, corn, peas). At times I throw them some bread, rice, kitchen scraps.
 

aart

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What should u feed them if not feed formulation?
Layer formulation.
Many folks never feed layer formulation, just provide Oyster Shell in a separate feeder.
I feed an 'all flock' type feed (20% protein and ~1% calcium) because I have all ages and genders and have a separate small feeder for oyster shell for the actively laying birds.
There are lots of different formulations...starter, grower, finisher, layer, all flock, etc.
Good to learn how to read the nutrition percentages and ingredients tags sewn into bottom of feed bags.
 
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