Will my 15 week old chicks lay soon? Or molt? HELP!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jackquline, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. Jackquline

    Jackquline Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 9, 2015
    Hello everyone,

    I hope everyone is well. I was wondering if i should be expecting eggs anytime soon? My 2 pullets (who are going on 15 weeks

    tomorrow-10/17/2015) were hatched July 4, 2015. I know molting could happen this time of year and i have read up on the molting

    process but i don't know if they will molt or not? I read somewhere that it happens at about 16-18 months of age. I need to buy more

    feed within the next week but i don't know if i should purchase a feather fixer or a laying feed. I don't think they will molt because

    they look fine but i am a first time chicken mama. HELP![​IMG]
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Welcome to the flock! [​IMG] Your chickens will not molt until next year about this time. As for laying, you don't say what breed you have, but average time is 20-24 weeks. However, bottom line is - when they are good and ready!
    If their combs are reddening, if they start squatting when you pet them - laying is imminent.
    Good luck, [​IMG]
  3. Jackquline

    Jackquline Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 9, 2015
    My two who are 15 weeks are Barred Rocks (Chica and Adaline). I have one 15 week roo named Mumble (Production Red) ., and

    five 7 week old chicks named Amelia, Abigail ( Production Reds) Bubbles, Blossom ( Buff Orphinton) and Little Buttercup ( Barred

    Rock) I am having a wonderful time raising them and i want to do everything I can to help them flourish into an incredible flock I

    know they can be.[​IMG]
  4. Jackquline

    Jackquline Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 9, 2015
    This is my mini flock ( 7 weeks)


    Blossom (Buff Orphington)


    Buttercup (Barred Rock)


    Bubbles (Buff Orphington)


    Abigail (Production Red)

    Amelia (Production Red)


    And my larger flock:

    Chica ( Barred Rock- She has a slightly larger comb)


    Mumble ( Production Red- Mt reclusive Roo)


    Adaline (Barred Rock- stuck onto mumbles side)

  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Peeps are a-peeping Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Keep them on a non medicated grower until most if not all are laying, offer a separate bowl of oyster shells free choice, and boskelli gave you good advice.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I like to feed a 'flock raiser' 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat.

    The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer.

    Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.

    Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Any hatchery sex link or hatchery rock that I owned always started laying at 24 weeks.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2015

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