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Will it harm my Chickens if I give them layer feed when they're not laying yet.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MoototheCluck88, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. We're running out of feed and we were wondering if we should get the layer feed yet even though they're not laying yet. They are, as of today, exactly 5 months old

  2. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Songster

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    If they are close to laying, you can start them on it. Layer feed has the additional calcium in it which isn't good if they aren't laying yet. Are their combs getting red? And they singing the egg song/clucking around like they are going to lay? I think if its a matter of weeks before they lay, you should be safe. IMHO
  3. Every morning they're super loud and they're combs are getting really red so should we move on to layer feed
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Won't hurt them a bit. I feed layer ration to chicks and have done so for years now. Feed away!
  5. Yesterday we finally got the first egg. [​IMG]

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