Hello from Western Washington!


5 Years
Oct 9, 2014
We are moving to a house that has a chicken coop. I've always wanted to raise chickens and now I have the chance! What are some suggestions from some of you experienced people. We want to raise egg layers and for meat. I know we will need chickens for eggs and chickens for meat. Can they all be raised together?
Hello there and welcome to BYC!!

So glad you could join our community!

You might start in our learning center. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry....https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

If you are raising specificly meat birds, you might keep these separate from the layers as you will want to feed them a higher protein food for fast growth. However if you are raising a dual purpose type bird that can be kept for meat and eggs, you can keep these breeds all together.

You might also want to stop by our Meat Birds section for all kinds of help on feeding, raising and processing meat birds...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/21/meat-birds-etc

Enjoy this new journey you are on! If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
That is one good reason to keep them separated, another is meaties will eat everything in sight - if you don't separate them the layers won't get a chance at the food.
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. TwoCrows has given you some good advice. I would definitely keep the egg layers and the meat birds separate. For egg layers, I would recommend Black Sex Links. They are hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids) and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out over 300 eggs per hen per year. For meat birds, Cornish cross is the way to go. They are ready to butcher at 8 weeks. In fact, if you wait much beyond that they begin to develop health problems due to their abnormal growth rate. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.

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