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When do they start laying eggs? Ours are 16 weeks...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sunnibunny99, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 Months old, 5 at the end of June...


    Are they supposed to start laying soon? Or no..


    And when they start laying i need to feed them layer pellets or mas or is there a difference?
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
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    depends on the breed, some may start as early as 16 weeks (leghorns, sexlinks) or you may have a couple more months before you get your first eggs(larger breeds Jersey Giants/ Brahmas)

    Once they start laying you should switch them over to Layer food, depending on what is available pellets/crumbles or mash
     
  3. Me + Peeps

    Me + Peeps Out Of The Brooder

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    What breed are they? and im pretty sure there isn't much of a difference between mash and pellets, i think some people like to use pellets because the chickens have to eat the nutritional stuff as well as the tasty stuff.
     
  4. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
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    My chickens hatched Feb. 11 th and i just got my first egg this morning. I have Lt. Brahamas, Buff Brahamas, Buff and White Cochins, and Black Langshans. They are all together so i don't know which of the ladies laid it. Any guesses? It is a tiny cute little tan/pink egg.
     
  5. SilverStar

    SilverStar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am still waiting for most of my hens to start laying to. what i have learned is that they start laying typicaly around 5 - 6 months of age. It can also depend on the breed. Some may lay a little earlier than 5 - 6 months and some may lay a little later than that. You will just have to wait and see. I know... waiting games are not so fun sometimes LOL!!
     
  6. babyriver

    babyriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still waiting for my girls to start to lay. Hatched out Feb 4 . I have sexlinks,barred rocks & ee.
     
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I switch mine to layer pellets at 18-20 weeks because it's cheaper than starter feed and I'm a cheapskate [​IMG]

    Pellets have the same ingredients as crumbles, crumbles are ground-up pellets. But pellets are easier for the chickens to pick up off the ground when they spill them, so there seems to be less wasted food.

    Layer feed has extra calcium that laying hens need, but is too much for young chicks' kidneys to handle. The information on the feed bags says to begin feeding it to them at 18-20 weeks. If you have a super-layer who begins earlier, you could give it to her then. But most of the hens I've had begin laying at 20-24 weeks, usually closer to 22-24 weeks.
     
  8. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Thanks everyone!!

    There breeds are: (Bear with me,we have like soo many different kinds [​IMG] )



    Silver Phoenix Bantam

    (Mottled) Anacona

    3 Ameraucauna's

    4 Rhode Island Reds

    Bantam cochin

    Barred Rock

    And two we dont know the breeds...
     
  9. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shameless bump


    I do need to know
     
  10. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
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    I'm interested in the answer too so here's another shameless bump....

    Michelle
     

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