Building a new chicken coop

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  1. scott37

    scott37 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I am building a new chicken coop that will fit 8 chickens. All will be girls but I don't want all layers. I was thinking of having 4 layers and 4 meat chickens. Do I have to keep them separate or can they mingle together?
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] You would have to keep them separate - meat chickens eat everything in site because they have explosive growth, your other birds would get pushed away.
     
  3. Kessy09

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    I agree with the above. Get some good dual purpose birds. I like the Light Sussex for this. Best of both worlds!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Meat birds are intended for short-term keeping - usually they are ready for processing around 8 weeks of age. They grow huge very quickly, and don't always mix well with same-age layer breeds. Are you thinking maybe of dual-purpose breeds that lay eggs but grow to a decent eating size? They will be fine in a mixed coop. Another possibility is to get some eye-candy birds such as silkies, polish or cochins, they do lay (not a huge amount) but are pretty and fun to keep.
     
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
     
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  8. All Henned Up

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    Welcome and enjoy BYC!
    Steve :frow
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC, and good luck with your flock.
     

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