Egg and Meat Birds Together?

jaku

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I'm getting 21 Cornish X's and 4 Buff Orphingtons delivered in a couple of weeks, so I'm starting to work on the brooder. Can I keep them in the same brooder and feed the same starter/water, or should I seperate them? After they get out of the brooder, the meat birds are going into a tractor, and the BO's are going into a small coop. I was hoping to avoid two different brooder setups though.
Thanks!
 

reallemons1

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They should be fine together until the meat birds get big enough to squash the smaller ones. With enough room that shouldn't happen though. The same feed is fine.
 

silkiechicken

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I've done it, but not with 21 meaties at a time. Be careful that the meat birds don't shove the BO's out of the way from food and water. The meat birds will be 2x the size of your regular birds in about 2 weeks. It can get dangerous if they get spooked and run over the smaller ones.
 

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