Can I Brood Layers and Meat Birds Together?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by NeilV, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. NeilV

    NeilV Out Of The Brooder

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    Next spring, I want to raise some meat birds and I need a few layers to supplement my existing layer flock.

    Can I get a batch of Cornish-X/Freedom Rangers and brood them along with some Production Reds/Australorps/Easter Eggers? (Haven't decided on breeds.)

    After they get feathered out, they will go their separate ways, but it would be convenient if they would go in a single brooder.

    Thanks,

    Neil
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    You should be fine, assuming you provide enough high-protien feed. Those meaties can get pretty cannibalistic when they start growing.
     
  3. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    For a while but in two weeks the cornishX's will be twice the size of the layers and eating everything so at that point I'd separate them.
    Joe
     
  4. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I agree. 2, maybe 3 weeks and the X's will towering over the hens and hogging the feeders.
     

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