Raising Meat and Egg Laying chicks

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

  1. klemsontigers7

    klemsontigers7 New Egg

    Feb 11, 2015
    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 True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    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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