Can rooster eat layer food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Omani, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Omani

    Omani Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    Being new, I've read all the FAQs, Chickens 101, how tos, when tos, and the like. I have been following the threads about different brands of food especially. All very informative,but ...
    Can roosters eat layer food? No one has addressed this. My hens and roosters are kept together. They have a large run and have ascess to food and water all day.
    I understand the differences in formulas, but would the layer formula be good or bad to a dual purpose breed of rooster? I need to switch them over soon.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My roos eat layer. I have read here that it's not the greatest for them, but usually they do fine on it.
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  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I agree with Dawn. It's just not practical for me to buy a special food just to feed my roo when he lives with the hens.
  4. Omani

    Omani Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    If it won't hurt the rooster, but it's not the greatest either, should I give them suppliments? I mean like treats or scratch or such. I don't really want to give them vitamins or minerals seperate from their regular food. Or could I mix a couple of differant feeds together, maybe?
  5. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    I'm getting a Cochin roo in a few days and was wondering the same thing. I've also heard that you can just give the whole flock grower feed and have free access oyster shell or crushed eggshell for the layers. Any opinions about that?

    I used to board my horse at a place that has 30-40 hens and 1 rooster (a Cochin, that's where DH fell in love with them) and they had access to good pasture and also layer feed and he seemed fine. They also had a pugnacious little Hamburg, but he was rehomed.
  6. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    My roosters also eat layer.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2009
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:There's also a feed you can buy called Flock Raiser. Purina makes it, but I'm sure there are other brands as well. Then you just have to offer the hens oyster shell, which I do even with layer feed.
    Really, layer feed for everybody just seems the easiest way to go, IMO.
  8. PolarBear

    PolarBear In the Brooder

    Jul 30, 2009
    I'm new to this myself, so I know how you feel. I feed 1 feed, layer feed. My rooster does just fine on it, even though he has yet to lay the 1st egg.
  9. My roos eat poultry grain and free range.

    I keep layer pellets out 24/7 (the poultry grain gets put up 12 hours out of the day).

    The roos are at the pellets every so often and they seem to do just fine.

    I know some on here think this is madness, but look what a free ranging chicken eats during the day.

    Bugs, grass, seeds, berries, just about anything they can get thier little happy feet scratching up.

    The worst was when we had the cows. They scratched the corn out of the piles. Now that was nasty.
  10. quenston

    quenston Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Wyandotte Ok
    I mix my feed and I will mix 50lbs of scratch to 100lbs of layer pellets and it doesnt seem to affect my roosters at all! But that is just what I have discovered through out my journeys.

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