Raising layers and meat birds together?


In the Brooder
11 Years
Aug 30, 2008
Sussex County NJ
I just order 25 from M&M and are half layers and half meat birds. I dont think I will be able to tell them apart when they come in the box at what age should I seperate them and at about what age should I intergrate the layersw into the rest of my flock?


Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
Ontario, Canada
Wait, are these "real" meat birds i.e. Cornish Cross, White Rock, Slow Cornish, anything involving the words "white" or "cornish" or "rock" or "broiler" in their name? If so, you will have ZERO trouble telling them apart on arrival - they are built like little sumo wrestlers.

Or is it like a frypan special type deal of assorted large-fowl breed males? In which case, if your layers are also an assortment, indeed you may not be able to tell them apart.

If it is a mixed-dual-purpose-breeds situation, then you will pretty much grow them all together until it begins to become evident who's destined for what, and then segregate out the cockerels and feed them up a bit extra til they are eatin' size.

Good luck, have fun,


Mad Tapper

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 8, 2008
Central Wisconsin
For what its worth, last summer was my first crack at raising chickens. I raised 4 "Production Reds" with 25 CXs to the age of 9 wks 2 days without a single problem. They lived in a 10X12 foot tractor from which I tried to let them run a little each day. It was fun watching them hunt grasshoppers and such. I still have all 4 and theyre doing great. They were switched from the hi protein meat maker feed to the layer feed when the CX left for their one way trip. I was probably lucky not to have a trampled or stampeded layer, but the CXs were so slow and clumsy it just never seemed likely. Good luck.

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