I first want to begin this thread for the apology that likely possibility this question has been already asked and answered more than once on this site. anyhow, when should my hens be started on layer feed? they are 27 weeks old, bourbon reds. I will be separating them from the toms this week ,hopefully, due to the continuous fights between toms over them. So which leads to my next question. do I leave the chosen toms out away from the hens till laying season? or have them in there with them? and if so, either way, due to the tom being in with the hens and the feed in there being laying feed is it not ok for the tom to be eating just the same, layer feed that is? thanks in advance. might as well fit this question in instead of starting new thread, is this ok ratio the 12 hens with two toms? or should only one tom be with the hens?