Mixing Birds (layers and growers)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jedchops2003, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. jedchops2003

    jedchops2003 New Egg

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    Hi All,

    Does anyone know if it's ok to meat birds for meat with egg layers? We have 14 egg layers and are thinking of getting a couple of growers but don't know if we have to keep them separate or not? Any advice would be great.
     
  2. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    How old are the egg layers? If they are older than the meat chicks, they probably will be pecking them if you put them in together.
     
  3. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    I would think you might have issues with feeds. You wouldn't want to feed your layers a broiler feed and you wouldn't want to feed the meat birds a layer feed.
     
  4. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:[​IMG] It is definitely dependent on how old your layers are. Layer feed is not suitable for broilers but you can feed meatbird feed to layers but it will cost more to feed them. (generally) Also the older birds will peck and harass the younger / smaller birds. It is not advisable to keep them together, especially when they aren't the same age.
     
  5. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After doing my first batch of broilers with a batch of layers I will never do that again. Keep them separate. Build a simple tractor to move around the yard and you will be all set.
     
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I have to agree. I keep my broilers separate from my layers because I feed them totally different. [​IMG]
     
  7. deChickyHen

    deChickyHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have to agree. I keep my broilers separate from my layers because I feed them totally different. [​IMG]

    I agree... My meat birds are soo greedy, I would be scared the egg layers wouldnt get enough food.... and poop will be everywhere.. keep them seperated
     
  8. jedchops2003

    jedchops2003 New Egg

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    Thank you all....will definately keep them separate!
     

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