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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Leech, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Leech

    Leech Hatching

    Jan 6, 2009
    I am in the process of building a coop in my back yard. This will be my first time raising chickens and I am interested in both laying hens and meat birds. My question is, do I need to keep the birds seperate from one another or can they be in the same coop and pen?
  2. chicken farmer meigs

    chicken farmer meigs Songster

    Jul 6, 2008
    Florence Mt.
    I keep my meat birds and layer seperated.Meat birds get bigger faster so they tend to push the layers around and away from the feed. Plus the meat birds make more poo so you will need to clean up there area more often. My daughter names all of the new layers so they get special treatment right from the start.
  3. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Most people feed them different types of feed so it would be easier to keep them separated.
  4. muddler6

    muddler6 Songster

    Sep 12, 2007
    Jefferson County, PA
    I agree, if you can do it, keep them seperate, eating habits and cleanliness are quite different for the both types, you'll see what we mean when you get them. Congrats on the decision to raise chickens, enjoy!!!

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