Do you feed your roos layer feed?

jwehl

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Nov 3, 2020
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So I obviously have hens and roosters. Anyone under 4 months is penned and gets medicated chick starter, but the hens and roos are free range and all eat layer pellets (and bugs and weeds and whatever). Is this okay? If it's not okay, how would I even prevent the roos from eating it?
 

2000096904

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Dec 30, 2019
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Wait a minute I had roosters once and I kept feeding them layer feed is this bad I did sell them off so they'll be getting better food if I was feeding them the wrong thing but I will be getting an incoming rooster and need to know something will they all flock food stop the layers from laying eggs or will it slow down protection or just keep up the laying I do have a food that's 17% layer feed and all the rest is vegetables peas and seeds including grains so will that work or do I have to buy a completely different food now.
 

black_cat

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May 21, 2020
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Wait a minute I had roosters once and I kept feeding them layer feed is this bad I did sell them off so they'll be getting better food if I was feeding them the wrong thing but I will be getting an incoming rooster and need to know something will they all flock food stop the layers from laying eggs or will it slow down protection or just keep up the laying I do have a food that's 17% layer feed and all the rest is vegetables peas and seeds including grains so will that work or do I have to buy a completely different food now.
All flock is better for roosters, because layer feed has extra calcium in it. That extra calcium is great to give hens nice, strong eggshells, but when it goes unused, it can cause organ damage over time. If you provide all flock or grower feed, everyone can eat it (hens, roos, chicks, teenagers), and you can provide oystershell on the side to give the ladies the calcium boost they need. If any birds don't need the calcium, they won't take it.
 

DesertGrrl

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Sep 24, 2020
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Wait a minute I had roosters once and I kept feeding them layer feed is this bad I did sell them off so they'll be getting better food if I was feeding them the wrong thing but I will be getting an incoming rooster and need to know something will they all flock food stop the layers from laying eggs or will it slow down protection or just keep up the laying I do have a food that's 17% layer feed and all the rest is vegetables peas and seeds including grains so will that work or do I have to buy a completely different food now.
The extra calcium in Layer feed will cause damage to a roosters kidneys.
Just buy All Flock feed and put out oyster shells in a seperate container for the hens.
 

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