Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ghostwolf211, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. ghostwolf211

    ghostwolf211 Chirping

    Aug 21, 2013
    Ringtown, Pennsylvania
    Ok now I know this is going to get a couple laughs and some jabbing of the elbow in the ribs....I can take a good joke....But my question is....I have conceded that one of my hen's isn't a hen but a rooster....I feed my hens layer mash....Right now the rooster is with 5 other hens that are 11 weeks old tomorrow so they are eating grower finisher....In a couple weeks when I change them over to the layer mash, what do I feed the rooster??...Will he eat the mash as well or do I need to feed him something different??...Also when I merge these 6 in with my 7 month old hens, does the rooster sleep in the coop with them or will he need different lodgings??
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    He can eat whatever the others eat.
    The only difference is he doesn't NEED the extra calcium in layer pellets
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    X2 regarding the feed. My roosters eat the same layer feed the hens eat. If you are concerned you could also feed everybody an all flock type feed and offer oyster shell on the side. Although if you do this, keep an eye on your hens egg shells. I tried that and had a few who just did not eat enough oyster shell and started getting thin shells. Put them back on layer feed and the problem was solved.

    And no, he does not need a separate place to roost at night, in fact he will be very unhappy if he has to roost alone and away from his hens.

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