Feeding hens and roosters together

HamletAndEggs

In the Brooder
Jun 27, 2019
49
65
49
Hi! I am 17 weeks into raising my first backyard flock. Starting with 12 day-old chicks I did end up with one roo... my Lavender Orpington, Hamlet. I’ve just switched them over to layer food but have read that he should eat food of a different nutrient mix. They are all in the same coop/run. Can he safely eat the girls food?
 

Attachments

  • FBC60BBF-B899-458F-B8F8-39F2F876191D.jpeg
    FBC60BBF-B899-458F-B8F8-39F2F876191D.jpeg
    660.8 KB · Views: 5

cavemanrich

Addict
7 Years
Apr 6, 2014
17,197
58,839
1,267
Melrose Park Illinois
He can,,,,,, but long term,,, he would be getting too much calcium in his diet. Ideal for non laying chickens is 2%calcium.
Layer is about 4% calcium. It is challenging to feed one bird separately, and with different feed, but not impossible.
Your other option, and one taken by many, including myself is this;
I feed all my chickens (I have only hens) a 2% calcium Alflock feed. My hens vary in age, and some are not laying regularly anymore. I offer Cracked Oyster Shells free-choice. The laying hens supplement their calcium needs by choosing to snack on the oyster shell at will. My chickens also get some of their calcium needs in the green grass/weeds they consume while free-ranging in my backyard lawn.
WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and :welcome
 

HamletAndEggs

In the Brooder
Jun 27, 2019
49
65
49
He can,,,,,, but long term,,, he would be getting too much calcium in his diet. Ideal for non laying chickens is 2%calcium.
Layer is about 4% calcium. It is challenging to feed one bird separately, and with different feed, but not impossible.
Your other option, and one taken by many, including myself is this;
I feed all my chickens (I have only hens) a 2% calcium Alflock feed. My hens vary in age, and some are not laying regularly anymore. I offer Cracked Oyster Shells free-choice. The laying hens supplement their calcium needs by choosing to snack on the oyster shell at will. My chickens also get some of their calcium needs in the green grass/weeds they consume while free-ranging in my backyard lawn.
WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and :welcome

Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply! I really appreciate the BYC community as I try to learn how to raise my little flock as responsibly as I can!
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom