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Seeking advice on mixing male meat chicks & female egg chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Beadgirl, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. Beadgirl

    Beadgirl New Egg

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    Has anyone had experience with getting all male meat chicks along with female egg chicks?

    This spring we plan to get about 40 chicks - 30 meat chicks (probably Red Rangers) and 10 egg chicks. We noticed that the males chicks are almost $1 cheaper, but don't know how they will mix together and with the females. The meat chicks will be butchered at around 10-12 weeks.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You will be processing those boys before their hormones start to cause issues. Everybody should be just fine together.
     
  3. Beadgirl

    Beadgirl New Egg

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    Thanks for this info, junebuggena.
     
  4. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting my first broiler chicks at the end of the month and at first considered putting them in the coop/run with my laying pullets when they're about two-three weeks old so I don't have to build a separate coop/run for them. But then I read you shouldn't mix the two types because the broilers will eat all the food before the layers can get to it. I'm getting Cornish X's so maybe the Red Rangers won't be as bad, but I decided to go ahead with the plan to build the separate coop and run.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, Cornish X do need to have feed restricted once they are about 4 to 6 weeks old, so keeping them with layers is not a good idea.
    Red Rangers or other meat bird types are a bit slower growing, and they aren't quite as greedy about feed.
     
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