I am in an urban setting and have had egg layers in the past. I have a storage shed converted to coop with a run but would let them free range in my yard and garden most of the time. I'm starting a new flock and decided to get some meat birds(red rangers from mcmurray) as well. My question is this: can I raise all of the chicks together until it's time to butcher the meat birds? They shouldn't be as lazy as cornish x so I thought they would appreciate an actual coop and they will be fully grown at about 10-12 weeks while my layers will still be smaller. I'm wondering if I will need to separate them in different brooders once the meat birds start growing too. Also, if I can keep them together this time since they will all be arriving together would it work in the future to add meat chicks to an established egg laying flock for the little while they will be here or would that totally make my laying girls mad? My laying flock will only be 7 birds if that makes a difference. Thank you for all of your advice!