Switching from grower to layer before first egg?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kait27, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Kait27

    Kait27 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Central Massachusetts
    I have four BO pullets, 19 weeks old, and about a week to 10 days supply of grower crumbles left- I really don't want to buy another bag of grower crumbles and only use a tiny bit of it. Would it be harmful to just switch them to layer feed when grower runs out, when they are 20ish weeks? No eggs yet, but a few have combs that are really getting red.
    also, someone please tell me the eggs will be here any day now!!!!
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Always hard to wait for that first egg.

    This time of year with the days growing short they may take a little longer to lay... or not.

    At nineteen weeks you should be OK to go over to layer feed.

  3. dsedler

    dsedler Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    I switched over to layer feed at 19 weeks, for the same reason you are wanting to. They are now 21 weeks and have just started laying this week.

    It does seem like forever for that first one. I was so excited when I found the first one. I emailed a picture to everyone I know:)
  4. genabeana

    genabeana Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2009
    Hendersonville, TN
    I was told by informed chicken farmers to switch over to layer anytime after 18 weeks.

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