Do I have to feed my hens a layer if I have a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Silkielover05, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Silkielover05

    Silkielover05 Hatching

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    Someone please help me.... I am new to chickens. If I have 1 rooster and 4 hens do I have to feed them a layer or can I just feed them corn.
     
  2. Jenna1414chickens

    Jenna1414chickens Chirping

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    I don't have experience with roosters, but pretty sure you should put them all on layer feed.
     
  3. 4 ever Orpington

    4 ever Orpington Mr.& Mrs Orpington

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    I would recommend it. The rooster is only good for baby making
     
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Put them on all flock or grower and offer oyster shell on the side for the hens. Straight up corn and nothing else is not nutritionally adequate chicken feed.
     
  5. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Layer
     
  6. OkieChickenGal

    OkieChickenGal Songster

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    Give them flock raiser, but make sure to give the hens oyster shells for calcium.
     
  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    I agree with that! A friend of mine @Diannastarr had a rooster that died and took it to the vet to try to find out why. Feeding the rooster that layers feed is what done him in. Roosters can't have all of that calcium like the hens do and need for the egg laying.
     
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  8. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Crowing

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    My roosters have eaten layer feed all their life along with all my hens and I have 7 and 8 year old roosters. It hasn't hurt them. If I had high dollar, show quality birds I might feed them differently but a barnyard flock will get along just fine on layer.
    Corn is only 6% protein and chickens need at least 16% protein in their diet. ;)
     
  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Yes you should feed them a complete feed, preferably a layer feed if they are laying eggs.
    Feeding ONLY corn with cause you many problems, it is not a complete feed.
     
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  10. PachecoPeeps

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    I agree with what others have said. All flock with oyster shells on the side is the best way to feed your flock.
     

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