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    What about cockerels that aren't for eating? Mine just eat the same as the girls, which is Smallholder Range layers pellets, But Coco is now MASSIVE, if we were going to eat him (which we're not) it would have to be as a replacement for the turkey at Christmas. I am a little concerned that all the energy he put into growing to this size is now going to go into making him fat, but he's in with his laydees so I can't really give him separate rations. Would it be better to keep the cockerels apart from the girls for part of the year and only put them together when I wanted fertile eggs, do you think? Sorry, Snadger, hijacked your thread.
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    I would feed them the same as the girls, but encourage the cockerel to eat more grain.
    Bluemoon, I doubt a cockerel with ladies to look after would actually get fat. Often the problem is getting them to put on any more weight once their hormones take effect!
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    Mine all eat the same stuff now.
    Free ranging with layers pellets available day and night- a mug of cracked corn and a couple of handfuls of growers pellets thrown out for all to access ( really for the 6wk old chicks)
    Crushed oyster shells for all to access- I suppose they all need strong bones if they're not laying.

    Farming friend cant understand why I'm even giving them pellets- free range and corn is what she suggests- and left over veg etc.

    When I threw crumb down for the chicks- all the others were trying to eat it as well- layers and cockerels!!

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    Cocks running around with ladies won't put enough meat on for the table. We've done "taste testing" with cocks raised in different ways, and separating them off into their own pen with a specific diet is the best way to get the weight up for eating.

    Boys on their own do less running around, and tend to sit about a lot (quite sweet really), and with no ladies around don't scrap so much either.

    We've fed them up on different feed too, and have found a high corn intake makes them too fat - they weigh up ok but when dressing have found a lot of the "weight" is actually a thick fat layer under the skin.

    Cocks kept not for the table can eat the same as the ladies.

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    Thank you, I'll leave things as they are then.
    Into each life some rain must fall........but this is getting ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichmondHens View Post
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    We've fed them up on different feed too, and have found a high corn intake makes them too fat - they weigh up ok but when dressing have found a lot of the "weight" is actually a thick fat layer under the skin.
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    The cockerel that I culled had this layer of fat..................I put it down to similarities between 'puppy fat' on an adolecent human being?
    At the time he was fed on nothing but layers pellets! The layer of fat did help to baste the meat though and keep it moist!
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