I got some very poor information that here in Costa Rica they have a very good dual purpose chicken. That turned out to be pure fiction so what I have now is a slight problem. I only have the one 10X10 coop. I want to be able to have about 6 laying hens and also be able to raise broilers. I can buy the broiler chicks easily but I would prefer to have a couple of broody hens and raise my broilers from their eggs. Setting aside an area for the brood hens is no problem until the chicks are big enough to mix with the laying hens. I had a chicken show up outside the fence one morning trying to get in before the coop was even ready and it looks to be a rooster. It is now running with the laying hens that I bought which are the same size now. I could possibly buy hens the same size as the rooster and hope they would go broody. Whatever that outcome is doesn't mater, what matters is when the broiler chicks are big enough to range outside with the rest and come in to roost at night should they be separated for a different food than the laying hens? I imagine that the different formulas will have a cost difference but also a different mixture of proteins and other requirements. Of course here in CR they may not be as different as in the states but I still would like advice as whether the broilers would do well on laying formula or they would be better off with their own formula. I'll check cost of the different formulas next week but right now I'm trying to make up the plans for the brood area that could go either way, mixed when big enough or always separate. I am using the deep litter method. One other slight problem there is a little difference in language, I am learning Spanish but very slowly, they say age has something to do with that. Any suggestions will be appreciated. I have photos of the coop that could help should anyone need to see them for suggestions.