When do they start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RonC, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. RonC

    RonC Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    I have six three month old production Reds. At what age should I expect them to start laying? I'm asking because I was told you don't want to eat the eggs if they have been eating medicated food till about a month after switching foods. Should I just start them on layer when I take them off the medicated starter?
  2. destinidawn

    destinidawn In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2012
    Port Orchard, WA
    I have read not to start them on layer feed until they start laying or you can cause problems with them being able to lay. I use a start and grow thats unmedicated on mine. They are 4 months old :) But not production reds. I have a mixed flock. 2 BSL, 2 GSL, 1 SLW, 1BO, 1 Buff cochin, and 1 Brown Leghorn.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    They should start to lay at 18-22 weeks. If the medicated starter uses amprolum the eggs are safe to eat. You don't put them on layer to soon because of the extra calcium in it can can cause damage to the young birds kidneys. If you want to switch them to another feed go to a grower or an all flock.
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  5. Natalies Chicks

    Natalies Chicks Hatching

    Aug 20, 2012
    What should we do if we have 20 week old hens we've been feeding layer feed for about 3 weeks? We were told we should switch before they start laying. We were also told it would be safe for our young rooster.
  6. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    You should be fine I always switch mine to layer from grower about 3 or 4 weeks before the start laying. In the past my roos have eaten the same food with no problems. I do not have any roos right now though.

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