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Having a mixed flock..

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Quatelmon, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. Quatelmon

    Quatelmon Out Of The Brooder

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    I will be getting a bunch of rhode island reds and barred plymouth rocks. I would like to use the roosters for meat. Can I feed them the same as my layers, our should they be separated? I would really like to only have to separate them when the time comes for processing. I'm so new to this! Can they all live together and eat the same things if they will be processed at 20 weeks or so. Any advice for a mixed flock of layers and meat?
     
  2. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give a protein rich grower food out all the time with oyster shell on the side..your hens will lay bigger eggs and look better, while your roosters will grow faster and look better too. Like 20%. I don't think that is too much...I hope it isn't. My chickens all look great since they all started eating the chicks food once the chicks got moved to the coop.. I won't buy laying pellets anymore. It will be a higher protein ration and calcium on the side for me from now on, when I saw the difference in egg size. For real.
     
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  3. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you can feed them the same and keep them together.
     
  4. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    Since your not raising super fast growers, you'll be fine feeding them together. However, it may add another week or two on to the time it takes for full dressing weight.
     
  5. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2 exactly this.
     
  6. Quatelmon

    Quatelmon Out Of The Brooder

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    Great! Thanks! Glad I can raise them together and feed them the same thing. Will make things much easier around here!
     

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