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Egg layers with meat birds?

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Can I raise baby chicks together when some are destined to be egg layers and kept and some that will be used for meat?  I am wondering if I can feed the chicks all the same food because they would be housed together.  Is this possible and if so what kind of chicks would I get for my meat birds?  Thanks guys!!!

Trying to become more self sufficient each year!  Each yr we raise Cornish X, pigs for pork (make bacon, sausage ham), the egg layers supply our eggs and our 22 maples provide delicious maple syrup.  We hunt for venison which is our red meat.  This year we will add 12 turkeys to the 1.75 acre farm! 
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Trying to become more self sufficient each year!  Each yr we raise Cornish X, pigs for pork (make bacon, sausage ham), the egg layers supply our eggs and our 22 maples provide delicious maple syrup.  We hunt for venison which is our red meat.  This year we will add 12 turkeys to the 1.75 acre farm! 
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post #2 of 6

Yes, you can mix them.
Cornish X are the fastest growing meat birds.
They all eat the same thing.

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post #3 of 6

I don't keep my cornish x with the other chicks because I measure how much food they get each day.  The CX will eat constantly as long as food is available.  The will take a nap when their crop is full though. 
Even though they grow faster, it should be OK for the first week or 2.  They won't pick on the other chicks, they don't like to move around much.

Mom to 10 barn cats, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 4 bunnies, 10 new chicks, 1 great Hubby, 8 grown kids (his and hers), and my darling 16 grandchildren.

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Mom to 10 barn cats, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 4 bunnies, 10 new chicks, 1 great Hubby, 8 grown kids (his and hers), and my darling 16 grandchildren.

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post #4 of 6

I had a great experience raising some together. I got slow grow meat / dual purpose birds from S&G Poultry. We raised their Naked Necks and Rainbows. All were healthy, happy and active birds.

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That is great news!!  Thanks - I was looking at the Naked Necks and was wondering at what age they would be large enough to process?  I would be maxing out my coop space with a min order of 25 but if they could be processed during early fall it would work nicely.  I have never raised chicks before and know when to expect the egg layers to start laying but am really wondering if the Nakeds might be ready to process a little before 20 weeks.  Thank you for your help!!

Trying to become more self sufficient each year!  Each yr we raise Cornish X, pigs for pork (make bacon, sausage ham), the egg layers supply our eggs and our 22 maples provide delicious maple syrup.  We hunt for venison which is our red meat.  This year we will add 12 turkeys to the 1.75 acre farm! 
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Trying to become more self sufficient each year!  Each yr we raise Cornish X, pigs for pork (make bacon, sausage ham), the egg layers supply our eggs and our 22 maples provide delicious maple syrup.  We hunt for venison which is our red meat.  This year we will add 12 turkeys to the 1.75 acre farm! 
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post #6 of 6

Here is the thread about our experience with Naked Necks and Rainbows smile
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=445671&p=1

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