I have 9 chicks around 7 weeks I bought for meat/dual purpose, hoping to eat a few and breed the rest into my layer flock. My friend says their skin will taste different when cooked (he can taste the difference between store bought and home raised). The difference he says is the parents of the chicks were fed hormones. I thought it was more about genetics, of the 9 there are 3 distinct growth rates depending on their colour and their shapes are forming differently. I am raising them on hormone free food (I HOPE) but curious if the parentage hormone feed affects the chicks.