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Raising Meat and Egg Laying chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by klemsontigers7, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. klemsontigers7

    klemsontigers7 New Egg

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    This is my first year raising chicks. I think I'm going to get 16 chicks, and raise half for egg layers and half as meat birds.

    If I raise them in the brooder together, at 3-4 weeks do I start feeding the meat birds a finisher feed?

    I'm going to get different breeds for meat and for eggs, will I be able to tell them apart at 3-4 weeks?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! If you get Cornishx chicks, they will hugely outgrow the more normal chicks; they sit around more, need lower ambient temperatures sooner, and generally aren't very compatible with others. If you get freedom ranger type me birds, they will grow slower but be a better fit with your other chicks. There are so many choices out there; try a couple of several breeds and enjoy! Mary
     

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