I was shocked to find out what happens to the male chicks (they get ground up alive or gassed depending on hatchery). I am looking to raise meat and would love to get a flock (?) cheap. Would raising 25+/- roos in one space (all same age) cause an issue? Make no mistake I am looking for dinners not pets and do have someone willing to help me with the dispatching, and it seems wasteful to get straight run chicks (looking at pure cornish not cornish crosses for slower growth) to raise and kill a layer. I figure it is a win win for me and the hatchery they sell off their excess males and I get dinner on the cheap. I found one that does sell a heavy breed cockerel frypan special but to vaccainate for mareks is half the price of the 25 chicks.