In the Brooder
- May 18, 2015
Next month we are getting 60 laying hens and 25 meat chickens. Is it okay to raise them together for the first four weeks? Does anyone have experience with this?
How big (feet by feet) can you access by 8 weeks for all the chicks?I have one side of my chicken house set aside for raising chicks. This will be my 7th batch of chickens to raise. Some meat and some layers but never together. This batch is Cornish Cross and Isa Browns. Yes, we are getting day old chicks. I live in northern Indiana.
I can adjust the size of their brooder, because for every new batch I create an enclosure within the empty side of the chicken house. The enclosure is made of cardboard boxes taken apart at the side and sewn together with yarn. The size depends on how many boxes I sew together. I have a heat lamp box that has the capacity for 3 heat lamps spaced about 1 foot apart, which gets hung above them.
My thought, drawn from your comments, is to have plenty of feeder and water space for them, if I raise them together. What do you think? Do you need more information on my setup?