Should I start Laying Mash

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by modenacart, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. modenacart

    modenacart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about one weeks worth of medicated start and grow left, and I expect my chickens to start laying the end of July, begining of August. Should I get laying mash or more start and grow. I have six chickens, four are pullets, one roo and one I don't know.
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I'd keep them on the starter/grower til the first egg is laid then mix the two feeds til your out of starter/grower and then stay with the layer then....
     
  3. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

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    You can give the remaining start/grow that you have left to the Roo, beings he won't need laying mash. [​IMG]
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:This is the best way to go. Too much calcium too early (when they don't need it because they are not egg laying) can cause kidney problems in your hens.
     
  5. modenacart

    modenacart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feed is medicated, is that a problem?
     
  6. modenacart

    modenacart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 17.4 weeks old. They should be laying any day right? I hate to buy a big bag of feed and not need it.
     
  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I agree. I cant wait for mine to start laying eggs. Around sept. i bet.
     
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Depends on what breed of hen you have...most don't start laying til around 20 week or so and it will not hurt them to be on a starter/grower til you finish the bag or starter mixing in the layer...just add some oyster shell along side the starter/grower to help with calcium...
     
  9. modenacart

    modenacart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One polish, two barred rocks, and two austrolops.
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My polish did not lay until 30 weeks of age. My barred rocks laid around 22 - 24 weeks age. I have never raised the australorps.

    I would hold off until I see an egg before giving layer ration.
     

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