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New to raising chickens.. Feed questions

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Okay so i need to feed my chickens laying pellets but i also have a rooster in the same pin and he eats with them. And they eat the grower pellets from his feed bowl. And they also get crushed corn as a treat and some scraps. They are all about a year or so..(got them from someone who cant care for them any longer) So question... Can i just feed them all laying pellets and treats once in a while and completely stop the grower? Is that enough for the roo? I will also buy a little oyster shell for treats.
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Oyster shell isn't a treat. The hens choose to eat it if they are not getting enough calcium from their diet. It needs to be in a separate container. Stop the layer feed and continue the grower feed and your rooster will be well.

Roosters don't need a lot of protein either.

If you want to feed the rooster separately, suspend a hanging feeder high enough that the hens can't eat from it and use a 15% protein finisher feed mixed with a bit of scratch grains.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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