Hello everyone! I love my flock of buff orpingtons and they lay very well. They are hatchery birds, though, and the roosters we cull for meat are never anywhere close to the weight stated for the breed. They are free ranged on pasture and have free choice of organic feed at all times. Am I wrong in thinking that if I purchased eggs/birds from a breeder they would still produce well AND grow to the "standard" size on pasture and commercial food? Does anyone have recommendations of someone here in Northern California that I might purchase eggs from? My girls are starting to linger in the nest boxes and I'm betting I have someone going broody before too much longer. It would be a simple thing to slip some nice eggs under her and let her do the work of brooding the chicks.