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Baby broilers and baby pullets together

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I was wondering if I could start my broilers and pullets together? How long do I do something like Cornish cross need to be in a brooder? I have a 10x10 run attached to a 4x4 coup. That will be home for my 6 Rhode island reds. I wanted to get 25 Cornish cross and start them all together, I think I should be processing my meat birds by the time I move my Rhode islands out of the brooder. I plan on building a chicken tractor eventually to keep my broilers and layers separate. I just want to keep my initial set up cost as low as possible. Sorry if these questions seen silly, first time rookie (as it you couldn't already tell;))
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One year I had a moment of weakness and got 6 layers with my broilers and put them all in the brooder together.  You can do this without issue really, for a few days, but you'll have to separate them out after about 5 days because your broilers will be about double the size at that point.  In addition, meat birds eat all the food and drink all the water and are really stinky and dirty.  Your layers won't get anything to eat or drink and won't be happy.

 

Your layers will stay in the brooder until they are fuller feathered, unless you have a large number, while your broilers will go in the tractor at about 3-4 weeks.

 

Here's what we do.  We have a commercial brooder / lights like they have at TSC and bucket feeders/waterers .This is our 5th year with layers and meats:

 

15 layers go into the brooder for 3 weeks.  Transfer to a 2x4x8 indoor mess bottom tractor until they are 7 weeks old.  Then transfer to an outdoor coop attached to our chicken coop - it's our "meet and greet" coop so they can get acquainted with our flock without getting beaten up.  They'll get integrated at about 15 weeks.

 

30 meat birds go directly into indoor mess bottom tractor until 4 weeks old.  Then separated into two outdoor 2x4x8 outdoor bottomless tractors in a 40x40 electric fence.  We process at 9 weeks.

RSL, Buffs, RIR, Amber Rocks and GLWs. Three turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving.  One GLW Rooster crowing over them all.
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RSL, Buffs, RIR, Amber Rocks and GLWs. Three turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving.  One GLW Rooster crowing over them all.
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Thank you so much lelilamom, you answered all the questions I had.
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