Feed advice???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DcockyD, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. DcockyD

    DcockyD Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks are quickly growing on the medicated feed I have for them now. I wasn't sure, though, if once they are more grown if Roos need different food than laying hens? Any advice?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    You can transition to a Flock Raiser type feed at 8 to 12 weeks of age, and feed it forever with oyster shell on the side, or feed layer after the pullets are all in lay, with oyster shell on the side. If you want your rooster to live forever, probably the Flock Raiser is the best way to go. Mary
     
  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Nupe

    Nupe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you keeping, rehoming or eating the extra roos? Keep in mind, roos that grow up with flock mates and have no established flock to integrate in tend to be bullies. They're known to clumsily and/or aggressively mate, terrorize and even injure your hens. Add more than one roo or a high hen to roo ratio and that problem multiplies. A common rule of thumb is 1 rooster for 10 hens. If you're not keeping them, they can probably stay on grower feed until they're gone. You'll want them gone or separated by sexual maturity.

    If they're still with the layers when they start producing eggs, they can either stay on grower or switch to a flock feed and offer oyster shells on the side for the hens to take what they need. Feeding layer food to a rooster can lead to kidney failure from the excess caclium.
     
  5. DcockyD

    DcockyD Out Of The Brooder

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    We are hoping that all the chicks are females, but if we end up with a few Roos then we will most likely keep them seperate. Our kids already love all the chickens.
     
  6. irelandjohnson

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    What breed are they? Some chickens are sex-linked and others are easy to tell as youngsters.
     

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