For me one of the biggest issues that counts against the Cornish X rocks is not the management concerns or lack of flavor but the quality of life/welfare concerns. The extreme rate of growth strains the bodily systems and the way they are built makes it a strain to get around because a natural chicken form/mobility/behavior has been sacrificed to the point of semi-debilitation just for the sake of certain traits convenient to us. Though its true that some strains are worse than others... But I mean, think how uncomfortable growing pains are as a kid, then imagine the growing pains they endure. And think how much being overweight affects human quality of life, and then imagine a several hundred pound toddler. imho most of those broilers have simply been bred too far for the unforgiving sake of growth-rate economics at the expense of other things. Of course, CX raised by caring small flock owners are way better off than those in certain other situations. But the extreeme to which they have been altered in itself infringes too much on welfare for my comfort. There are other meat birds available out there now too that still have pretty impressive feed conversion compared to DP, but without the problems--it just requires paying a little bit more for your chicken and accepting a carcass that is actually chicken-shaped. When I think of how "chicken" has become the cheapest and most widespread commodity meat around the world these days, frankly I kind of cringe... Nobody has a fundamental right to cheap meat at the expense of welfare. Not meaning to ruffle anyone's feathers or sound judgmental btw. I know its not all black and white--just sharing my feelings on this.