I am in search of an alternative to the CornishX meat birds. The rapid growth strikes me as inhumane and unnatural and I have personal issues with it. I like my birds hopping around and harvesting at least 30-40% of their own food on my pasture. I have noticed many people doing the crosses on pasture but I am simply not interested. The Dark Cornish are really appealing to me. I have heard a world of good about them but not much detailed information about them. Has anyone raised them and if you have can you answer these questions of mine...? -About how many weeks did it take for the birds to reach about 4-6LBS (with pasture? without pasture?)? -About how much feed did it take to get to that point? -Were the carcasses appealing? Would they get approval by wary city slickers? -If you retained any hens about how big were their eggs? -Have your tried McMurrays? What hatchery did they come from? It would be really helpful if I could get these questions answered!