i consider myself a backyard enthusiast, but have over 200 birds and when my meaties come, will have 300. my friend who recently bought an egg business bought the business to supply local restaurants and neighbors with fresh eggs. she doesn't consider herself one of the "big guys" but does have over 1,300 birds now. 900 in layers, 100 meat birds and now 500 more chicks since she'll have to cull the 3 year olds in the 900 flock. we definitely don't get rich doing this. i definitely lose money since half of my flock are for showing. i've always considered myself a backyard enthusiast and so does my friend. but with our quantity, it's nice to know what the "big guys" are doing so we don't make biosecurity, virus, disease, etc, mistakes which we are prone to have since our flock is not 25. are we no longer backyard enthusiasts? those farms that supply organic chicken to the big stores...they're supplying those chickens because they believe chickens can be better but in order to supply "whole foods", etc. you have to grow alot of birds. are they considered "big guys".