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Mixing Layers & Meat Birds

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrspang, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. mrspang

    mrspang New Egg

    Dec 11, 2015
    I have 12 layers and 4 meat birds coming in March. I ordered from Meyer. Can they be in the same brooder in the beginning? I was thinking they eat the same food for at least a week (I have heard both 1 week and 3 weeks) so it would probably be OK? Has anyone done this? Thanks!!!
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I haven't raised meat birds, so I can't tell you anything from experience, but I do know they grow at an exceptional rate and will outgrow the layers soon enough. I would keep them together for a week maybe and see how the competition for food, etc goes.
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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    What kind of meat birds? Are they Cornish x Rocks? IF so, they do grow much faster. I raised Pioneers with my layers several seasons ago, and they did great together. The only reason that you MIGHT have a problem, is if the little layers end up getting laid on/trampled by the meaties. Given that there are only 4 of them, the likelihood of that happening is lessened.
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  4. mrspang

    mrspang New Egg

    Dec 11, 2015
    Yes, cornish/rocks. Thanks!
  5. demikitten

    demikitten Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2015
    They eat a lot more... and poop a lot more. Depending on where your brooder is you may not want them together due to the constant need of cleaning for the 'fat kids.'

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