When to switch to layer???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DVTO2, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. DVTO2

    DVTO2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So one of my golden sex links laid their first egg at 16 weeks - very exciting! When should I be switching to layer feed?
     
  2. InsaneBreeder

    InsaneBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd do it now so that she will get adequate calcium to make her eggshells. The instructions on the feedbag say to begin giving layer feed to chickens when they are 4 1/2 months old or a month before their estimated laying start. I wouldn't give it to pullets less than four months because it can damage their kidneys when they're young.
     
  3. DVTO2

    DVTO2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six other birds who haven't laid yet and I don't know which one laid the egg - should they all get layer?
     
  4. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Nebraska
    Yep, if they are all the same age, then you've got a layer and the rest will be soon, so switch with your next bag you purchase!
     
  5. DVTO2

    DVTO2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I put the half bag of grower I have left in the compost heap?
     
  6. kybeagle

    kybeagle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would just start mixing the starter with the layer feed right now. That way it won't be such a switch on the feed and you will be able to use the rest of your starter!
     

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