Is it ok for a Rooster to Eat Layer Pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Joe.G, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if it is ok for Rooster to eat the same as the Hens, Layers Pellets Oyster shells and what not, I know that Chickens that havn't started laying yet should not eat Layer Pellets. Thanks
     
  2. greybuzzard

    greybuzzard New Egg

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    Well, All I know is that my RR rooster Henry does, and Ive seen no ill effects,,others may know more about long term effects, if any.
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    That's all my roosters ever eat and there have been no problems.
     
  4. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder why it's not good for Hens to eat it before they lay.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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    Layer feeds are supplemented with calcium, to help the hen consistently lay hard shells. Since chicks do not lay eggs the extra calcium has to be processed and excreted by the kidneys. It is a lot of calcium for little kidneys to handle, so the possibility exists that the calcium can cause kidney damage, maybe to the extent to cause death.
    It is not usually a poison that will kill chicks immediately, but more like a chronic disease- bad in the long run. The danger is lessened as the chicks get bigger, and more as hens start laying.

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  6. Purdy

    Purdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its one feed bucket all and the same treats and scratch
     
  7. madditremaine

    madditremaine Out Of The Brooder

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    I and all my chicken raising friends have been doing it for years. Me mostly due to the fact that only layer feed seems to come in pellet form. It will be okay, but do make sure not to give it to chicks, if you have any. Its bad for the kidneys. :)
     

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