Hello, I was thinking about something lately, as what is best, or what you guys think about something in general. I have 3 flocks of meat birds. I had hatched 50 eggs of my flock (rooster biefeldern, it's a large dual purpose breed) and various hens, 25 of these, were not from my farm, I bought eggs, light sussex, But I didn't see the parents. so as to now, I cannot say if they are bantams or they are just small. of these sussex, 20 were taken by the fox, so I bought a mix of "chicks" about 5 weeks old to a local hatchery, a mix of red rangers, 1 naked neck and some that look like my rooster. I have the survivor Light sussex on one area, the other 2 flocks, are in two chicken tractors, one contains the bought ones, another the ones I hatched, divided equally. What I noticed: when I fill their feeder, that gets full at about 5lb, when the flock that I hatched has finished all, the bought stock has still left in it. My thought is: better feed conversion rate, or maybe this bought one are bigger hence need less as they are almost grown up, whereas the ones I hatched are a bit younger. The sussex, somewhat eat a lot less that either flocks, they are much more active and go hunt for food and bugs. I still can't figure out if they are bantams or not, but at 3 months and a half the males don't crow and they are a bit big to be bantams maybe, they are the size of a commercial laying 18 week old pullet. I do know that asking "what's best" is silly because it depends on one's target. My target is to have tasty meat, i always process at minimum 5 months if not more. I think, that in theory I should hatch my flock's eggs and not buy the commercial ones, as despite maybe slightly worse feed conversion rate, and some are smaller in size, the chicks cost next to nothing, and I can have them hatch out when outside is solid 90F and save a lot on heat lamps during the day as the outdoor brooder gets to that temp easy. Thoughts?