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Feeding The Roosters

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I have heard so much controversy about what to feed roosters. I've heard to NOT feed them Layena, at all. Heck, what should they eat then? Lets here it, folks. I want to know. Am I killing my roosters? They eat cracked corn and layena and grass and scraps. Thats it. I want to here it all. cool

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Proud member of the SDWD.
Right now, I have 11 birds. 2 BLRW, 2 Delaware, 2 Mixed, 1 Production Red, 1 BSL, 1 Russian Orloff, and 1 Gold Campine. All sweet and fun to have.
Life can sometimes knock you down, but when I fall I laugh my butt off at the silly look on your face
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post #2 of 19

I don't know about anyone else,  but my two roos run with my hens.  They eat the same thing the girls do - 18% laying mash, with a bit of corn, oats, alfalfa pellets thrown to them for treats.  And scraps, of course.  Two legged garbage disposals.  My roos seem to be quite healthy...

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post #3 of 19
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Same here. My boys run with the girls, eat with the girls, etc.

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Right now, I have 11 birds. 2 BLRW, 2 Delaware, 2 Mixed, 1 Production Red, 1 BSL, 1 Russian Orloff, and 1 Gold Campine. All sweet and fun to have.
Life can sometimes knock you down, but when I fall I laugh my butt off at the silly look on your face
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Proud member of the SDWD.
Right now, I have 11 birds. 2 BLRW, 2 Delaware, 2 Mixed, 1 Production Red, 1 BSL, 1 Russian Orloff, and 1 Gold Campine. All sweet and fun to have.
Life can sometimes knock you down, but when I fall I laugh my butt off at the silly look on your face
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post #4 of 19

The logistics of feeding a rooster something different from the hens when he lives with them non-stop is ridiculous.  Let him eat layer feed. 
Most layer feed doesn't have high levels of calcium in it anyhow.  According to Purina's Layena website, the calcium % is 4.25.  That's not huge.  The feed I use has 4% in it and without supplementing with oyster shell I don't get eggshells as hard as I like them to be. 
Let em eat the layer feed.  If you offer oyster shell on the side, chances are your roo(s) will ignore it.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people. 

A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, runner ducks, call ducks, two geese that are my feathered children, and a crossbeak silkie X named Dragon. 

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post #5 of 19

I think that the rumor about roosters needing separate diets comes from the fact that the large commercial breeder flocks feed roosters and hens separately.  The reason for this is to make sure that the roosters don't get too large to mate with the hens.  Of course, the hens need to be fed a high protein/energy diet to produce the maximum number of eggs, but the roosters will get fat and lazy on the same diet.  This will cause them to be less active, and mating frequency will drop off, which causes a lower fertility in the eggs.  The roosters have their own feeders in these commercial breeding facilities, and the feed composition is totally different from the feed of the hens.

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Old, fat, gray-haired EMT guy.  Raised birds for 60 years.  I don't name 'em, and don't dwell over any that die.  I treat every bird with respect, and feed and care for 'em as best I can.  Dad to 2 M.D.'s, a teacher and a computer guru.  Grandpa to 6 beautiful girls and two grandsons.  Life is good!
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post #6 of 19

If you're THAT concerned about it, just feed Flock Raiser or something similar, and supplement calcium separately.


As for Layena, it says on the bag that it can be fed to laying and non-laying adults, both male and female chickens. Adult is defined by Purina as over 18 weeks of age.

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One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
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post #7 of 19
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Oh, I'm not worried about it big_smile I just wanted to know what the deal was. I see a lot of people saying that roosters cant eat laying feed, and that it doesnt matter. I also wanted to see the different opinions, and facts, etc.

jhm47, my roosters eat the same thing as the hen, and are pretty thin no matter what I do. Plus they are young. No mating frequency will drop here tonguewink

Proud member of the SDWD.
Right now, I have 11 birds. 2 BLRW, 2 Delaware, 2 Mixed, 1 Production Red, 1 BSL, 1 Russian Orloff, and 1 Gold Campine. All sweet and fun to have.
Life can sometimes knock you down, but when I fall I laugh my butt off at the silly look on your face
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Proud member of the SDWD.
Right now, I have 11 birds. 2 BLRW, 2 Delaware, 2 Mixed, 1 Production Red, 1 BSL, 1 Russian Orloff, and 1 Gold Campine. All sweet and fun to have.
Life can sometimes knock you down, but when I fall I laugh my butt off at the silly look on your face
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post #8 of 19

Ricky the roo charges for his rolled oats! weepop: love

Hens aren't really into the oats huidunnoroll

Ricky would eat that all the time if he could, they all get mostly layer mini-pellets and some flax seed, oats, scratch, veggie scraps, grass and bugs.

--Hugh

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2 Dominiques, 1 Black Cochin, 1 Speckled Sussex and 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte. 4' x 7' wooden playhouse coop conversion + 4' x 20' attached run on 1/3 of an acre.

Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, check it! A fork full of waffle helps the fried chicken go down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qawlht-alU
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post #9 of 19

My boy eats layer pellets, scratch grains, and table scraps (on occasion) just like the girls.

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Robin's brood = 1  wonderful husband, 4 handsome sons, 1 beautiful daughter, 14 chickens, 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 rabbits, 3 gerbils, & 1 dwarf hamster... shew! 
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post #10 of 19

i feed my birds the same thing across the board 20% grower just cause i can get 500lbs for $70 from the elevator i just supplement oyster shell, grit.  Veggies in the winter hen they cant free range in the snow

thing is when i cull a rooster he has as much oyster shell as grit in his gizzard so calcium doesn't seem to be an issue

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