When to start on layer pellets.

pharrison4659

In the Brooder
Sep 27, 2020
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I have 12 hens that are 15/16 weeks old. When can they start laying pellets safely? I also have 3 adult silkies who have had layer pellets, but switched them back to a feed the whole flock can enjoy for now that they are together.
 

Bigtom Turkey

Crowing
Nov 29, 2020
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I feed starter well they are in the brooder, once they graduate from that then it is a mix of starter/layer (heavy on the starter) and once they start laying then they get all layer.
 

GC-Raptor

Free Ranging
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Jul 26, 2016
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I have 12 hens that are 15/16 weeks old. When can they start laying pellets safely?
I would wait till one of each breed is laying.
That said, my recent Flock of 5 ISA Browns had a gap of 5 weeks between first to lay and last.
My 7 Barred Rocks were 3 weeks apart..
I now feed a Non-Medicated Starter-Grower or All-Flock crumble 18 to 20% Protein year round with Oyster Shells separately since 2017.

I have two coops and keep separate flocks, pullets and hens.
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I offer Oyster Shells separately after 15 weeks old.
Pullets will take as needed.
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GC
 

samhahn

Chirping
Aug 17, 2017
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Will pullets intake more oysters shells as needed by nature than roos if I give them regular chicken feed? Or just go with layer feed and and roos are fine with it?
 

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