I had a bunch of quail eggs in the bator , and had room for a few chicken eggs, so I set them up. They hatched on June 21. They spent a few weeks in the brooder, then since the weather was nice, I turned 'em out. I got my cornish x on July 7. Once they came out of the brooder, (after two weeks, again, -weather was nice) I set them up in their electric poultry netting enclosure. Well, one of the barred rocks, a male decided he wanted to hang out with the CXs, and although I thought it was strange, he was destined to be dinner anyways, so I just let him be. I figured more than anything that he would tire of being with them, but he didn't. He stayed with them all the way to the end--which was this morning. This morning I took the meaties to the butcher, and little BR stayed behind. This evening, I caught him and weighed him, because I wanted to compare him to one of the chicks that hatched with him, one who was also a male. I wanted to see if he really did gain weight more on meat builder, than the others on their feed (which is layer ration--yes I know, but they free range and I can't keep them all separate). And, my husband's accurate digital fish scale said that the BR raised on meat builder was 3 lbs.2 oz, he was in with them for 7 weeks out of his 2 1/2 months the other male was 3.00 lbs. the BR raised on meat builder did NOT freerange like the other one did--he stayed in his enclosure and hung out with his fat buddies. The other chick walked around all day foraging, and running to the house for scraps thaty I threw out for them. So..... what are YOUR thoughts on these results?? I thought the BR would have gained more weight than he did- for two reasons,- feed and lack of movement.