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When to start chickens on laying mash????
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Gunny J    Posted 03-23-2004 at 09:22:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have some biddies that are about 10-11 weeks old and I need to know when I can begin to feed them laying mash? And should I feed the roos laying mash or is there something cheaper to feed them?

Yes I am a beginner. I have 29 Birds. 5 black sexlinks that are about 9 months old. 4 white leghorns and 5 RR that are in the 10-11 week bracket and then 15 RR that are about 8 weeks old.

I love them all. They provide me the stress relief that I need from my everyday job in the MC.
I wouldn't give them up for anything in the world.

They fit in with the 3 hogs, 2 goats, 2 dogs and 2 cats just fine.

Thanks for any input you might have.

Gunny J

KellyGa    Posted 03-23-2004 at 13:29:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mmmmm... sounds like heaven. Sounds like what I am working towards. :) I go on what I read, but also on what Mr. Swint tells me, he is a wise old man, and has been doing the fowl for a long time, so he knows. He is who I buy my chicks from. He told me to keep them on the chick mash until about 6 months old, which is about when they will be getting ready to start laying. SOunds like you have a nice variety at your house, I love it. :)

Bkeepr    Posted 03-23-2004 at 09:55:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
They're a little young yet for layer rations. Most sources recommend they be at least 16-18 weeks old. The extra calcium in the ration affects the development of their internal organs and can shorten their lifespan. We usually wait to 18 weeks just to be on the safe side.

Also, the longer they wait to begin laying, the longer their productive life will be. If you "rush" them into production early, they'll lay well for a relatively short period of time and then...nothing. I personally hate to eat the pets!

good luck!
Tom A

Judy in IN    Posted 03-23-2004 at 10:16:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A good rule of thumb is to wait until 10% of the pullets are laying eggs before putting them on laying ration....and by then I hope you are keeping the roosters separate. If not, they will rape the pullets, and the pullets will lay their eggs on the floor. Hens need time to "sing," to check out the nests, etc. Keep the Romeos out until your girls have started laying, and you should get nice, clean eggs out of the nests-not the floor. This was taught to me by one of the greatest poultrymen who ever lived--Maurice Babcock.

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