Layer Pellets for Roosters?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RoostersAreAwesome, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. RoostersAreAwesome

    RoostersAreAwesome Overrun With Chickens

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    I was wondering if layer pellets are good for roosters. If not, what can I feed them instead?
     
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  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Flock raiser or an all flock feed with oyster shell on the side is better.
     
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  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    The calcium in layer is excessive for s bird not laying (ie males) and will accumulate in the body causing damage to systems that can contribute to early demise. Many folks accept that and feed layer, those not willing to do that choose a feed appropriate for the nutritional needs of all the birds (grower, all flock, flock raiser) and provide the calcium needed by laying birds through oyster shell, etc instead of the feed
     
  4. RoostersAreAwesome

    RoostersAreAwesome Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks! I care alot about my roosters, so I'll definitely get a different feed. :)
     
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  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    x3! I feed Flock Raiser, and separate oyster shell. Mary
     
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  6. RoostersAreAwesome

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    I have decided to feed flock raiser with a side of oyster shell, thanks for all the help! :)
     
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  7. ZeeAviatrix

    ZeeAviatrix Out Of The Brooder

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    So the rooster would not go for the oyster shell? The reason I ask is I have 3 pullets, 10 weeks old: a rooster and two hens. Right now, they are on starter feed, but when they are 18 weeks old, I'd like to start them on egg laying mash. But I see here, that I should use "all flock" and just add a side dish of oyster shell? won't the rooster eat it, too?
     
  8. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Myself, I feed a mixture of laying pellets, oats, whole shelled flint corn (when available), other grains, and foods like dog & cat food, pig chow, calf manna, rabbet food, and or catfish food. Sometimes I use scratch food in place of the "other grains". I add the feed by portions to a cement mixer and in seconds it is effectively mixed.
     
  9. RoostersAreAwesome

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    I'm pretty sure your cockerel won't eat the oyster shell if he doesn't need the extra calcium.
     
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  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    IMO, it matters little whether you feed layer or multi-flock to your rooster. Many folks use only layer for their adult birds, including their roos. If you did a poll, I think you'd find that most roos live to a ripe old age, when on a layer feed diet, unless they die of un-natural causes. (predation, meeting up with a sharp object)
     
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