Feeding Roosters...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kennas Mom10, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Kennas Mom10

    Kennas Mom10 In the Brooder

    Nov 30, 2012
    South Carolina
    I have 2 hens and 2 roosters. I'm getting ready to change the girls over to layer food in the next couple weeks. Is it okay for the roos to eat the layer food also? I have no way to separate them right now, plus they won't be around much longer (they were intended for the freezer). Thanks for the help!

  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Layer feed has too much calcium for a rooster. Some people choose to go ahead and feed their entire flock layer for the ease. I personally would feed a grower and leave calcium (like oyster shell) always available on the side. There is no need to feed layer. It is just regular chicken feed with more calcium and generally less protein. I personally never use it as I prefer my birds to regulate their own calcium intake.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    My rooster has been eating layer food and free ranging without any discernible ill effect.

  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    The effects of too much calcium are long term and not readily visible day to day but over a lifetime calcium builds up and can lead to kidney failure and can interfere with the absorption of vitamin D and phosphorus. I guess it depends on your goals. If you are not going to have the roosters long term it won't matter as much.

    The most important thing is to never feed young birds more calcium than the need, the negative effects are much worse at an early age.

  5. stillbeachin

    stillbeachin Chirping

    Jul 1, 2013
    my 22 australorp hens and roos are 11 weeks... was wondering about switching to layer at 13 weeks, but i definitely am not now, you've educated me, thanks!!

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