Now I can hardly find a broiler/fryer that is less than four pounds. Back in the good ole days when I worked in my dad's butcher shop, the three-pounders and up were known as 'baking hens'. I prefer a smaller bird for broiling, but the only ones I can find are Cornishes and they cost an arm and a leg compared to the natural, no-hormone/no-antibiotic birds I buy. I read on BYC how an eight-week old meatie will weigh in at 4-plus pounds. Since I'm considering raising meaties in addition to our six layers, I'm wondering if there is a breed that is a good meatie that would be ready to eat at eight weeks or so, but that would be in the two to three pound range. It seems strange to think that I might process birds that were only six or seven weeks old. Can someone steer me to answers or give me answers to these questions? many thanks.