So I have an incubator on the way and I have a friend with about 20 acres, he's a bit impulsive with ideas and says he wants 1000 chickens for next year. I think a more realistic number for us will be about 100 minimum and maybe 200 maximum. We haven't decided which breed we want to do but I have many chickens and we might focus on one breed. We are going to skip cornish cross, we did those last year and want to mix things up. We aren't looking for a fast slaughter, just a 6 or 7 month thing... his business has him 110% busy 7 days a week from October until December and I hardly see him. So we want breed a chicken we can hatch in February and slaughter by September. I have four breeds in mind, Buff Orpington, Speckled Sussex, Dark Cornish and Barred Rock. These are complete amateur opinions, just watching my flock and a friends these birds seem to be the meatiest. I know cornish-cross are the best but we are just trying to find something sustainable even if that means less meat and more time. Thank you. edit: Wasn't 100% clear. Basically I am looking for ideas on breeds that are common that make good meat chickens. I would like to hear feedback and ideas so I can get a better idea on what works and what doesn't. Thanks!