when shouldi begin to feed my hens layer pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joeyc, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. joeyc

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    Just looking for a simple answer. I have 7 hens that are around 18 weeks old 2 of the hens have started laying eggs daily and the other have not. Should I switch to layer pellets? go with a half and half mix of layer and stater? or just stay on starter till there all laying? I don't have any oyster shells to suppliment yet but can get some very soon. What you thinking i should do here? thanks
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  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When bag is empty switch to layer
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

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    You need oyster shell or crushed egg shells immediately. After a couple eggs, the calcium stores in the medullary bone is gone.
     
  4. joeyc

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    I have a full bag of starter still and also have layer avaliable
     
  5. joeyc

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    I only have 7 hens so a bag would last me sometime
     
  6. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you have a full bag left.. I'd still feed it out.
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Feed out the staryer, but supply calcium as ChickenCanoe said by offering oyster shell.
     
  8. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not a super experienced chicken person but I would mix the two feeds and use them both together. Get the oyster shell and put it in a separate feeder. The ones who need it will use it.
     
  9. joeyc

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    Ok thanks
     

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