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Mixing Layers & Meat Birds

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I have 12 layers and 4 meat birds coming in March.  I ordered from Meyer.  Can they be in the same brooder in the beginning?  I was thinking they eat the same food for at least a week (I have heard both 1 week and 3 weeks) so it would probably be OK?  Has anyone done this?  Thanks!!!

post #2 of 5

I haven't raised meat birds, so I can't tell you anything from experience, but I do know they grow at an exceptional rate and will outgrow the layers soon enough. I would keep them together for a week maybe and see how the competition for food, etc goes. 

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

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post #3 of 5

What kind of meat birds?  Are they Cornish x Rocks?  IF so, they do grow much faster.  I raised Pioneers with my layers several seasons ago, and they did great together.  The only reason that you MIGHT have a problem, is if the little layers end up getting laid on/trampled by the meaties.  Given that there are only 4 of them, the likelihood of that happening is lessened.  

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Yes, cornish/rocks. Thanks!
post #5 of 5
They eat a lot more... and poop a lot more. Depending on where your brooder is you may not want them together due to the constant need of cleaning for the 'fat kids.'
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