Day Old Meat Birds and layers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Omelette, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Omelette

    Omelette In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2007
    I would like to try raising 50 meat birds this summer + 2 new day-old layers.

    Could I raise them together for a certain period of time?

    I'm not sure about the timing. I may end up getting the 2 layers sooner (late May) and the meat birds mid-June. I haven't worked it out in my little head yet :).

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    In the numbers you are mentioning, you could probably get away with them together for about 2 weeks before the meaties smush the layers.
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    I just seperated mine today- after only 3 days they are very noticably different in size and bulk. I was shocked, since they were all very similar in size when they arrived.

    I figured I'd go ahead and do it now before it became a problem, since I'd have to seperate them in a couple of weeks anyway. That way, too, I can feed the layers regular chick starter, while the broilers get the high protein stuff.
  4. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    If you get your layers in May and Broilers in June they should be ok together for a couple weeks. I wouldn't go longer than that. I seperate mine after just a few weeks together, the broilers never leave any feed for the layers to eat and they need to be seperated. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2008

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