Rooster Feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by roostercluck, May 30, 2012.

  1. roostercluck

    roostercluck Chirping

    May 26, 2012
    Can roosters eat the same feed that the hens are or do they need a totally different feed?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    They can eat the same thing the hens eat.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    The problem is with roosters eating laying feed.
    The amount of calcium that is in layer feed is way to high for roosters.

    Most breeders I know will simply feed everything a good Starter/Grower and offer a Calcium Supplement like Oyster Shells on the side.

  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    If they live with the hens, they must eat the same feed. If you have roosters living separately, it's better if they eat something like Knockout Game feed which has no added calcium for laying hens. But, most folks have roosters with their hens and it's not feasible to feed them a separate feed.

    As Chris said, some don't even feed layer feed to the hens, though I do, personally. My roosters eat what the hens eat and I've seen no ill effects from that.

    ETA: My handicapped rooster, who died recently, lived in a separate cage and he ate Knockout Game feed, with 11 grains, no added calcium, and 12% protein as his daily feed.
    Last edited: May 30, 2012

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