When do they start laying?

RonC

Songster
7 Years
Feb 28, 2012
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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?
 

destinidawn

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 21, 2012
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2
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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.
 

Den in Penn

Songster
8 Years
Dec 15, 2011
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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.
 

Fred's Hens

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
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.
x2 good.
 

Natalies Chicks

Hatching
7 Years
Aug 20, 2012
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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.
 

Choco Maran

Songster
10 Years
Jul 25, 2009
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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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