What to feed just Roosters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cochinfan, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. cochinfan

    cochinfan Out Of The Brooder

    87
    0
    39
    Aug 5, 2009
    I have two bachelor boys living in my barn. I've been feeding them the same food I feed my hens - purina layena and scratch. Is there something better to feed roosters? I will be switching some chicks in a couple week to flock raiser. Would that be better?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    116
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    The flock raiser would be preferable in that it doesn't have the amount of calcium in it that the layer does.
    Having said that, my roo eats the layer feed just fine. Yes, the extra calcium can settle in his joints and kidneys, but it would take a very long time for it to become a problem and I just can't see my rooster living to be 10 or 12 years old.
     
  3. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

    809
    1
    131
    Jun 26, 2010
    Roanoke Alabama
    My roo has been eating layer mesh for about a year. He does fine one it. But like what has been said flock raiser would prolly be better
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I feed mine Dumore 15% grower/finisher feed in the bachelor pad, coz it comes in pellets and the Purina Flock Raiser does not.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by