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Feeding young roosters & pullets

I'm feeding pre table, young roosters on Thomnson's layers pellets, as advised by local supplier. They're not loving them. But thriving OK on fresh bread + free range forage. Am I doing the right thing? Same dealer advised chick crumbs for 4 week old pullets. Now at 8 weeks, they're not thriving as well as expected. Should I switch them to the layers pellets, bread and forage as well?

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Bread isn't good food for any kind of chickens. Chicks up to 6 weeks need chick crumbs. From 6 to 20 weeks feed growers pellets and then switch to layers pellets. Sometimes they don't like the change from chick crumbs to grower so mix the two together for a few days. Hope this helps.

Joseph lawler
Friday, September 25th, 2020

I would use chick crumbs, more expensive but higher protein, I have laying hens and roosters, I keep one feeder filled with chick crumbs and other feeders filled with layer pellets, oyster shell available to them, they seem to be fine with that.

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

What breed are they ?
If they are,nt a meat producing breed you are more or less wasting feed and time with them.
If they are from egg producing stock then the cocks will not lay down a sufficient covering of breast meat to make it worth your while,feed them anything you like but it just won,t happen

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

They are meat producing birds. La Bresse Gauloise. Thanks for the reply

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Maize meal or flaked maize soaked in milk are water Milk is best .Mixed grains also (oats barley and wheat) and let them free range.
Chickens love wet maize meal.I have fed all my Birds like this for years

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Chickens thrive on food variety.That is what I try to provide them. And my birds do thrive. Bread is not a good for feeding in fact not good for any type of bird.
Maize is corn and a 25kg bag of maize about 6.50 and how much would 25kg of bread cost you? Even a spoon of maize is far more beneficial to them than a loaf of bread...and wetting the maize down with fresh milk your just adding a bit more protein and other nutrients to there diet and still cheaper than 25kg of bread and much more beneficial.
And just so you know corn fed chicken is sometimes more expensive to by in a supermarket than free range .
Mixed grains in my opinion are much better than pellets and I only feed chick crumb to chicks until they are free ranging and then switch them to a more varied diet.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Layers pellets typically contains about 4% calcium, this is needed to form the eggshell which requires a lot of calcium. Laying hens may need even more which is why it's a good idea to give them crushed eggshells and oyster shell etc. Young pullets (Under 18/19 weeks) should not be fed layers pellets under any circumstances as the excess calcium will apparently not pass through them and can cause kidney damage among other things. Not as much info out there about feeding layers pellets to roosters but from what I have read it's probably better not to feed them layers pellets even to adult roosters. If you have a mixed flock with some non laying fowl it would be better to feed them with a feed with about 1% calcium and 16%+ protein and provide calcium separately (crushed eggshells and oyster shell) which the layers will take as they need it.

Monday, October 5th, 2020

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