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How old does a roo need to be to eat the layer food?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by susanah, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May want to put a 14 week old roo in with laying hens. Can he eat the
    laying food the hens are eating now?
     
  2. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    When you switch the pullets over to the layer is what most do. Technically he should not eat layer as the calcium is not healthy for a bird that is not utilizing it for egg production but they all seem to do okay on it. So approx 6 mo should be fine.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    This is one reason I feed only grower or flock raiser, and offer oyster shell on the side. The young chicks and the roos have never touched the oyster shell when I have been in there, over a period of several months.
     
  4. PineLaneFarms

    PineLaneFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    good question i was wondering the same thing myself
     
  5. swampcat

    swampcat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So the layers just know to eat the oyster shell? If you end up with soft-shelled eggs, then what?


    Sorry... I don't mean to hijack the thread [​IMG]
     
  6. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Quote:So the layers just know to eat the oyster shell? If you end up with soft-shelled eggs, then what?


    Sorry... I don't mean to hijack the thread [​IMG]

    Yes they know.... There is also calcium added to most layer feed, but I still have oyster and egg shell available to them.
     

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