Woops, I didn't realize roosters shouldn't be eating layer feed... Romeo has been eating layer feed for the last year (since the girls switched to layer). What's the solution when you have your boy(s) in with the ladies? Flock raiser with oyster shell on the side? Is there any reason not to feed the higher protein flock raiser to adults? I thought that was just for meat birds and other poultry with higher protein needs.
Egg production has dropped here, hardly getting any large eggs anymore, only smaller ones that I assume are from the young girls who just started laying. My poor BA with the bare back (she was the favorite when Romeo was down to only 3 hens) finally started growing feathers on her back. I'm wondering if it is because Romeo is finally easing up now that the young girls are all maturing or if it is because of molting season. When I asked for help for her in the spring, I was told that she probably wouldn't grow them back until she molted (which is strange to me now since Romeo had half of his back and tail plucked by a predator this summer and the feathers grew back right away). I tried to keep a saddle on her for a while, but she kept pulling it off and it didn't seem to help with the feathers growing back so I gave up about halfway through summer. Her skin on her back looks almost calloused, there are some feathers growing back, but I'm wondering if there is anything I can put on her to help. This probably isn't logical at all, but I feel like it would be easier for the feathers to come in if the skin was softer?
Also, higher protein feed during molting, right?
Correct, Flock raiser with oyster shell on the side. The higher protein is good for all birds and will help them through their molt as well. Some birds will lay eggs while they molt, but most do not. 2-6 weeks after they finish you can expect to see eggs again!