Your question: Can you keep meat birds with laying hens?

How many chickens do you need to make a profit?

How many chickens do you need to make a profit? It really depends on the demand in your area but I would say you need at least 16 chickens to make your enterprise worthwhile. Two hybrid chickens would give you a dozen eggs a week and 16 birds would give around 8 dozen eggs a week.

What is the best egg laying chicken?

10 of the Best Chicken Breeds for Eggs

  1. Leghorn. Any discussion of the best egg-producing chickens must include the Leghorn. …
  2. Rhode Island Red. …
  3. Plymouth Rock. …
  4. Australorp. …
  5. Red Star. …
  6. Orpington. …
  7. Spanish (White-Faced Black Spanish) …
  8. Sussex.

Are meat birds worth it?

So, bottom line – while we didn’t save money raising meat birds, it was completely worth it to have good quality food. … Aside from the cost, we learned a few things about raising meat chickens. They are REALLY dirty. They spend most of their days just sitting.

Can you overfeed meat chickens?

It’s not really possible to overfeed chickens as they naturally stop eating once they have consumed enough to sustain them. However, it’s wise not to provide any more feed than necessary as this may attract vermin to the coop.

How long can meat chickens live?

Live fast, die young

Chickens have a lifespan of six years or more. Under intensive farming methods in the US, a chicken raised for meat will live for approximately six weeks before slaughter.

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