Preparing for Eggs
Depending on breed, most hens will begin laying eggs between 18 and 20 weeks of age. Chicken raisers can take steps to prepare for this magical time…
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The proper chicken feed will help your chickens lay eggs and keep them healthy and happy throughout their life. Get coupons* to try a Purina® layer feed, which has all the proper nutrition right in the bag. . . [*Limit 1 coupon and trial per U.S. household. Coupons valued at $6.00. The Feed Greatness® Challenge is a 60-day feeding trial where you will feed Purina® feed, monitor your flock's performance and health, take pictures and receive emails with helpful information.]
Did you get your first farm fresh egg from your chickens? It’s time to “shellebrate” and to switch to a complete Purina® layer feed. Most chicken breeds will lay their first egg around 18-weeks-old. Learn how to prepare for when your chicken will lay their first egg in this Team Purina article. #fresheggs #chickens #layinghens #backyardchickens
How often should you collect eggs from chickens? Do farm fresh eggs need to be refrigerated? Should I wash my chicken eggs? How to store chicken eggs for hatching. All these questions and more are answered in our 5 best tips for egg collection and handling. #backyardchickens #raisingchickens #whattofeedchickens #bestchickensforeggs #eggcollecting #storingfarmfresheggs
How long do chickens lay eggs and what are good egg goals? Healthy hens can lay up to 250 eggs in their first year, laying about one egg per day during peak season. Egg production will then naturally decrease each year thereafter. Find out how long chickens lay eggs, what to feed laying hens and more in this Team Purina article! #chickeneggproduction #layinghens #chickeneggproductionproducts #howmanyeggsdochickenslay #whendochickensstartlayingeggs #chickenfeed #howlongdochickenslive
One customer’s chicken feed program: She feeds a Purina® Start & Grow® starter feed from day 1 to week 18. When pullets lay their first egg at week 18, she transitions to a Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3. Map your chicken feed program by reading this Team Purina article. An organic chicken feed option is included. #farmfresheggs #strongeggshells #backyardchickens #homesteading #organicchickenfeed #oystershellsforchickens
Looking for an organic chicken feed and organic eggs? Check out Purina® Organic Layer with our Oyster Strong® System for everything your laying hens need. This layer feed is perfect for your laying hens with the addition of oyster shells already in the feed – no need to supplement. #organicchickenfeed #backyardchickens #chickens #chickenfeed #farmfresheggs #organiceggs
How long do chickens lay eggs and what are good egg goals? Healthy hens can lay up to 250 eggs in their first year, laying about one egg per day during peak season. Egg production will then naturally decrease each year thereafter. Find out how long chickens lay eggs, what to feed laying hens and more in this Team Purina article! #backyardchickens #farmfresheggs #layinghens #bestchickensforeggs #bestchickenbreedforeggs
Help hens lay strong with Purina. Many traditional chicken breed hens will lay their first egg around 18 weeks of age. At that time, transition to a complete Purina® layer feed that includes the Oyster Strong® System to provide all 38 unique nutrients hens need to lay strong.
Choosing a chicken feed: Switch to a complete layer feed when pullets turn 18 weeks old. Purina® layer feeds include all 38 unique nutrients laying hens require to stay strong and lay strong-shelled eggs. Choose a Purina® layer feed with the Oyster Strong® System, and there is no need to supplement. #FlockStrong #OysterStrong #BackyardChickens
Chicken comb color: Comb and wattle color are an easy way to determine if your hens are actively laying eggs. When a hen begins to lay eggs, her comb and wattles will get larger and the blood flow will increase which causes them to be a darker red color. When those hens molt or stop laying eggs, the combs and wattles will fade to pink or a pale red color and will also shrink in size. When she returns to laying eggs, the combs and wattles will change again.
Teach hens to lay in nesting boxes: After a hen begins laying eggs, it’s her tendency to lay in the same spot moving forward. Create several comfortable, clean and cozy nesting areas. Then, show hens to the nest boxes. Some hens may easily find the boxes, while others may try to hide eggs in other places. Place a golf ball or fake eggs in the boxes to give hens an idea of where to lay.
Q: When will my chicken lay eggs? A: If you purchased baby chicks this spring, they will lay their first egg this fall when they are about 18 weeks old. Prepare for the first egg by setting-up nesting boxes and choosing a complete layer feed. Click the graphic for how-to tips on preparing for your first egg.