Carson213

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If you’re getting a new flock of birds...do you typically just raise the meat birds with the layers...and then harvest the meaters?
seems like a lower maintenance option. i was thinking today that it would be easier to just brooder as seldom as possible...and raise chicks that are good layers and meat..then double the order from the hatchery.
 

nuthatched

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There are many dual purpose breeds that do both well.
though, i think dual purpose takes a little longer for harvest weight than your standard cornish x.
I know people who order a big batch of straight runs and use all the extra cockerels as meat birds.
 

Ridgerunner

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I'm not sure what meat birds you are talking about. Are you talking about raising Cornish X and laying chicks together, Rangers and laying chicks, or are all of them dual purpose. My answer would change depending on which meat birds you are talking about.

I think you are talking dual purpose, which is what I do. I raise them all together. I do several broods a year, more to manage freezer space than worrying about the extra work brooding. Some of mine are brooder-raised, some are broody-raised.

There are all kinds of twists and different ways to do this for different reasons.
 

CaroleW

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Depends on your goals, and specific breeds. Watch out for meat birds eating all the food from the layers. So many different methods & reasons for raising different types. Make sure you pick a breed that matches your goals.
 

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