Will they be okay with layer feed if they don't lay till spring?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by msjones, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. msjones

    msjones In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2009
    My 3 buff orpingtons are 22 weeks old -- healthy, funny, and happy, but no eggs yet. I'm beginning to think I may have no eggs until Spring, due to the dark, short days up here in the PNW. They sure look ready to lay -- nice red combs, doing the 'squat, making nests during the day...but no eggs.

    So, my question:

    I just ran out of chick feed and switched them to layer feed. I'd heard they were old enough for the switch. But, I'm doubting they'll be layers for a while.

    So, will they be okay with the new feed or do I need another bag of chick feed?

    Also, if they are out in a sand run each day, do I need to add grit? Oyster shell?

    I'm very new to this, so I appreciate your advice! Thanks.
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    That age they will be fine on the layer! Patience for them to lay, I've never had a young pullet wait til Spring, mine have always laid during the winter months, usually starting in Nov.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I agree with Tuff.

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