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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by McCoysfarm, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. McCoysfarm

    McCoysfarm Hatching

    Jul 2, 2016
    I just added a rooster to my flock of 7 hens and just now wondered, when my hens start laying and I switch them to layer feed (they all get chick developer now and whatever they find around the yard) do I need to get something else for the roo to eat and somehow keep it separate?

  2. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Songster

    Mar 6, 2013
    Many just let them eat the layer feed. Although it's been said the higher calcium levels are not good on the males kidneys and may shorten their lifespan. It would be hard to feed him something different unless he is penned separate. Maybe feed the layer feed during heavy egg laying months and switch to something like Flock Raiser during fall and winter months with oyster shell on the side for the hens that may still be laying and need the extra calcium.
  3. McCoysfarm

    McCoysfarm Hatching

    Jul 2, 2016

    I see, I will try the flock feed and supplement the hens calcium, I don't want to lose any years for the rooster (Ringo Starr)
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I feed Flock Raiser all year with a side of oyster shell. My flock includes roosters and young birds, so layer feed isn't a good choice here. I also like the higher protein level, etc, in the Flock Raiser. Mary

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