Hi everyone. This is my first post. I've learned alot about chickens by reading what other people are doing, so Thanks for this Forum! Anyhow, I'll be getting my first batch of birds in a week. I have ordered both laying hens and meat birds. Can I brood them together, if so for how long? Or should I brood them separately from the start? I have a total of 73 chicks coming: 30 are meat birds, the rest are layers. The layers are all standard size. My dh and I have been busy building our (8 x 16') coop, where we hope to brood our babies too. We plan on building a partition wall so we can put the layers' nest boxes in one side and the meat birds in the other side. Do meat birds need perches too? I know the meat birds will eat more and grow faster than the layers, so I know we'll need to separate them at some point. Thanks for your help.