If you are interested in raising your own meat birds have a read of this website. https://www.sommerladpoultry.com.au/welfare.html The Sommerlad family have spent many years developing a bird that does not grow too quickly so it doesn't suffer the pathological issues of its over bred obese & thoroughly stressed out cousins. Also remember that every meat bird came from an egg, laid by a hen that presumably had the same genetics as her offspring. This has been one of the great unanswered questions in mind. How can these massive meat birds that must be slaughtered at about 8wks of age, be bred from hens & roosters that must live for a couple years? Why don't the parents also require slaughtering at a young age? Well I found the answer on this website & it was as bad as I thought it might be. That is, that unless the parents are starved relentlessly, they too will grow massive, become unproductive & die. What is humane about that? There are only 2 genetic strains of broilers in this country. Any farmer who wants to raise meat birds for profit must buy one or the other, either chicks or fertile eggs. If you buy free range or organic or even high welfare chicken meat, you are buying these very genetics. Therefore it follows that you are contributing to this distasteful industry. It turns out I am also guilty of this. Michael Sommerlad was determined to breed a bird that was capable of doing well in the great Australian outdoors. The breeders don't need to be starved & the broilers don't need to be kept in sheds for their own protection. Sommerlad is a breed you can use as a utility chook as both egg layer & meat producer. I have decided to buy some of these little chicks for my next egg layers. Some will be male for sure so they will become meat in my freezer once they start crowing! Because this breed lays less eggs compared to (for example) a Hyline, I will need more hens, so in the end I will need 6 hens. But they are very good at foraging so they should only need the same amount of extra feed as 3 of the more productive hens. And they should live healthily for several years compared to the factory hens which begin getting ill towards the end of their second laying season & die or must be dispatched. I will buy successive small batches of chicks so I end up with 6 hens. The rest will become meat. That means I will have hens of various ages so I should always have at least one laying.