Broiler or Layer for 2 birds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PeiTheCelt, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. PeiTheCelt

    PeiTheCelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so here's the backstory.

    2 birds, 1 roo who might eventually become dinner, but no guarantees one way or the other. 1 hen who was adopted from a friend particularly because the roo needed company while the rest of our flock develops*. Both mature but fairly young (about a year for both of them we think).

    What the heck do we feed them? We bought the broiler crumbles for him, before we realized exactly how lonely he was and that we needed company for him *before* our chicks reached outside stage, so right now they're both getting broiler crumbles, with yogurt (and I'm going to be baking the shells from the hatchings today to feed them for calcium, and have ordered my oyster shells for her today) to supplement her for calcium, but.. Should we put them both on layer, or finish up the broiler and stop being all twitchy? They are also free ranging (today is their first day outside all day, let them out this morning, and hopefully they'll come home tonight, just as they have after a few late afternoons out the last few days) and they are honestly not eating a huge amount of their feed at all either way, so maybe I should see the feed as a rather supplemental until winter hits and the cricket and so on population drops?

    * For those following the drama that is my learning to be a chicken momma, no, we did not quarantine them. He had been in quarantine for two weeks prior to us getting him (after he was taken in the rescue) and Parvati is from a friend's flock, who takes very good care of her birds, and though it is possible she is sick, we decided that given the circumstances we would go ahead and take a deep breath and give him company sooner rather than later. So if you see this and have been following this, I know that we are breaking a cardinal rule of chicken keeping, which normally I would not do, but given the circumstances, it seemed the lesser of two evils.
     
  2. dlhunicorn

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    if your hen is laying she should be getting a layer ration...offer this in a separate feeder as your boy should not eat layer (too much calcium) but if he has another source of feed (non-layer) he will most likely avoid the layer pellets...thing is your hen might like HIS rations more than the layer with the extra calcium a laying bird needs...the yogurt is a great option for this as it is a good source of calcium...just offer it free choice (your boy might nibble it here and there for the protein but will not eat as much as your hen)...offering the shells and oystershell freechoice ... all this should ensure she does not become calcium deficient.
     
  3. PeiTheCelt

    PeiTheCelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks so much, I was worried that if I offered both they would just indiscriminately eat whatever, and so make it all kind of worthwhile, but.. If they are good about knowing which they need, and the augmenting w/ calcium treats will make up for the slight difference, that helps immensely! [​IMG]
     

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