What do I feed roosters?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jessica32, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. jessica32

    jessica32 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010
    This is probably a dumb question but, I really want to be sure. I have a flock that is all hens. I am planning on introducing two roosters into the group. Can they eat the same feed as the hens? I remember reading somewhere that the calcium in the feed for hens can hurt the kidneys of poultry that aren't laying. I think it was referring to growing pullets but since my roosters will never lay should this be a concern? Should I use regular feed and have calcium as free choice or is it okay to feed layer rations to all adult birds regardless of sex?
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2010
  2. RAWR

    RAWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    u can feed the layer pellets
    it dnt matter
  3. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2009
    My roosters eat everything the hens eat.
  4. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    You feed them what you feed your hens.
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    While it is not recommended to feed layer to young birds that are still developing, it won't hurt adult birds of either sex.
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Yeah, I allow my rooster the same thing the hens get - forage from the ground, occasional scratch, human food, and of course layer pellets. Once he's ready as food in some number of months though, I'll probably give him more fat and protein or something. [​IMG]

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