When will my rhode island reds start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tomfieldenloveshichickens, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
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    Quote:Not having fully developed the comb/wattles may (or may not) be related a lower amount of protein in the birds diet. Protein is the building blocks of ALL tissues in the body, including the skin, which the comb is. This is why I have chosen to feed starter feed to my girls for life (20-24% protein) instead of grower or layer feed which is typically 16-18% protein levels. In growing birds the higher protein will help in all areas of growth, maturing them more completely and possibly a bit sooner. This is also done by many BYC'ers with good success. Chicks can be raised on nothing other than starter feed thru the entire life cycle if desired, with no ill affects. I have also heard that high protein helps to shorten molt times as the birds replace feathers. You may try it and find no difference, but I am sold on its benefits. Good luck!
     
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  2. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Thank you for the suggestion. I was concerned they might not be getting enough protein; and after having put them on layer food at 22 weeks, I switched them back to grower at 25 weeks due ot its higher protein content. I have half a 25-pound bag of chick starter sitting here, but it is medicated & I have hens that are laying (everybody eats from the same feeders). From everything I have been told, you cannot eat the eggs of chickens who are eating medicated feed. Is that a falsehood? If it is, I'd be more than happy to use up the rest of this chick starter and feed it to my girls.

    I could switch to a non-medicated starter food. Can you recommend a brand/source? I would really appreciate that.

    My girls get lots of yummy treats & I try to give them at least one protein treat a day. They also have sunflower seeds available whenever they want them.

    Of note, in the last week, EVERYBODY'S face has gotten REALLY red, and the RIR and BR have teeeeeeny itsy bitsy startings of their combs and wattles.... so maybe soon! [​IMG]
     
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Feeding alot of treats can cut back on egg production. Only feed a good layer, after they are grown. Feed ,water, and 16 hrs of light, sure way to have them laying within about 2 weeks.
     
  4. chookalina

    chookalina Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm waiting too! My girls will be 21 week on Monday (today is Friday) and I am awaiting egg song and eggs. It is almost as bad as waiting to go into labour myself!
     
  5. deb004

    deb004 Out Of The Brooder

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    lol but its all defineatly worth it/
     
  6. 859007

    859007 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 RIR'S there singing the egg song it's been 3 days after the song are they too young. I also have 3 buff orpingtons when do they lay?
     
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  7. feeding frenzy

    feeding frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a RIR hen with pink comb and wattles. Sooo close to laying I guess! My adopted rooster, 1 month younger than the hen started crowing a few days ago! I can't wait for eggs. Hope it's fertile so I can hatch them during spring and summer season
     
  8. 859007

    859007 Out Of The Brooder

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    is 16 weeks to young they started singing the eegg song 4 days ago but no eggs yet[​IMG]
     
  9. 859007

    859007 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a rooster to with my hens he is very mean to them .......MALE DOMINENCE [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. 859007

    859007 Out Of The Brooder

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    SORRY about that second face i meant [​IMG]
     

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