Rooster Chat

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cluckcluckluke, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. newmarch2014

    newmarch2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2014
    Hi all, I have a 4 1/2 month old Brahma rooster that is my first try at a rooster. I feed my hens back crushed egg shells for calcium and he keeps visiting and eating the shells while the 3 newbie pullets leave it alone. Should I worry about an excess of calcium for him or does anyone know an informative thread that I can visit to read up?
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    It's okay to feed crushed shells, but it's not an adequate calcium source for laying hens. They still need oyster shell in a separate container. He's probably just thinking "more treats", and he doesn't need them. Mary
  3. newmarch2014

    newmarch2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2014
    Mine will not eat oyster shells, they refuse. They pick them up and spit them back out.
  4. cabinchicky

    cabinchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2013
    My two rarely eat oyster shell, they like small bits of gravel from the sand we add to the run.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2015
  5. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    Chickens actually know when they are deficient in a certain mineral/ food source. As long as your flock has access to the calcium then they will take the amount they need. If you have a free range flock or good calcium level (3%+) feed then you actually shouldn't have to supply calcium boosts, unless perhaps you start getting consistent soft egg shells.

    Also, all chickens will also eat small shells and rocks as this helps them to digest food. They will take this usually from the floor around them. No need to supply it.
  6. newmarch2014

    newmarch2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2014
    Well, because the newbies are just 4 1/2 mos old they are still on the grower pellets so not up to 3% calcium yet. He is a Brahma so growing fast and he is huge so I would think he really does need some calcium for that compared to a little rooster. I am just hoping that he really does "know" when he is overdoing it. The pullets never do eat them so I am assuming he really needs it. On the other note, I only have a soft shell problem when they were molting and now that they are through that they are back to normal.
  7. the poppster

    the poppster Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Amaricuna Rooster is nicknamed...The Cobra...he's a little pain in the posterior....and was getting close to ending up in the cooking pot....I was filling the waterers and he attacked I hosed him down...he's been pretty respectful of me since then.
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I have 4 large breed roosters, and 7 bantam roosters, and 4 bantam juvenile roosters, lots of crowing around here.
  9. chickenmapa

    chickenmapa Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2014
    Does anyone know what breed this is? I'm thinking maybe a silkie/ Cochin mix? I really have no idea though. Sorry I don't have a better picture.
  10. nbro01h

    nbro01h Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2015
    North Carolina
    He looks very similar to my American game bantam.I'm no expert though...Here's mine, so you can compare.[​IMG]

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