Roosters eating layer food????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by denco5, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. denco5

    denco5 Songster

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    I have 12 hens that are about to start laying so I have started feeding layer as their feed. What will this do, if anything, to my 3 roosters?

    Will the extra calcium be harmful or helpful?
     

  2. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

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    Nah they are fine. It has longterm effects but hes fine for 3 years or so....................
     
  3. MadHatcher

    MadHatcher In the Brooder

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    What are the long term affects?
     
  4. cybercat

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    They do not hold the calcium so do not worry. Mine eats layer plus egg shells. No problems it does not build up like iron in men.
     

  5. snowflake

    snowflake Crowing

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    I have read it is bad for their livers. I often feed flock raiser and oyster on the side for this reason. Don't know how long it takes to actually cause a problem.
     
  6. Pinky

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    Mine have been eating it for 6 years now and no noticable side effects.
     
  7. denco5

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    Thanks everyone!
     

  8. soap&eggs

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    roosters & hens all eat same feeds here..layer & cracked corn..have never had any problems...my 14 yr old roo died few months ago..he ferilized eggs until his death...so i guess either i had gotten lucky...or long term effects was just humor.
     
  9. Barry Natchitoches

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    My roosters eat the same layer feed that my hens eat.
     

  10. Jacklynn

    Jacklynn Songster

    Thank goodness ! My roosters get layer mash aswell ! [​IMG] They seem fine.
     

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