I'll be getting a batch of layers and cornish Xs in a couple of weeks, and I was planning on keeping them together in the brooder for the first 3 weeks or so, at which point I was going to move the meaties to a tractor. But it occurs to me that they might need a different kind of food as babies. I'm going to be doing the fermented feed thing mentioned in another thread, but do the different types of birds need different protein amounts?
Also, with my pullets last year, I free-fed them, but I understand that that isn't a great idea for the meaties. Or is it, for the first few weeks? I can separate them easily enough if needed.
Thanks! (I'm sure I'll think of a million more questions, so thanks in advance for your patience, too!)