Can a broiler be used as a layer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WhiteLeghorn2, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I do not have any experience with broiler breeds (Those chickens that are cross bred to be the best meat birds) because I've put pretty much all my research into egg layers, because I'm in the hobby for eggs not meat. But out of curiousity, if you bought a broiler chick, and raised it like a regular member of the flock, could it be used as an egg layer and become a member of your flock? I'm not going to do that, I'm just curious if they can. Thanks much! God bless.
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  2. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could keep her on a diet and let her be free range. She will lay some eggs for you but not like a laying breed would. There was a member on here that kept back some hens from the butcher and got quite a few huge eggs out of them.
     
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  3. The Yakima Kid

    The Yakima Kid Cirque des Poulets

    Broiler chickens usually die very young from heart problems if they aren't slaughtered. I wouldn't advise trying it; for one thing they often have to be brooded separately because more active chicks will bully them.
     
  4. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's not quite true if you feed them approximately and give them enough exercise. Most people raise them in confined conditions which isn't good for the health of the bird. Look up Aoxa's profile, she completely free ranges her cornishx with her layers. Its possible to keep them together but they can't be fighting over space or room at the feeder.
     
  5. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks very much! That exactly answered my question!
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