I am doing a school assignment on backyard chicken family run farms vs big broiler/egg farms and companies, and I asked for some help in egglaying forum but now I need a bit of personal words from some meat bird owners. I would be SO grateful for anybody sharing personal experience, does not need to be facts at this time. I will also site your words as either Backyard Chickens.com OR your username, whichever you are comfortable. Onto questions! Has anybody here had a flock wiped out from disease? Please share your experience, and what you did to fix the problem.(excluding deaths due to weight) What are some personal pro's to raising your own meat birds? What sort of epidemic could you see happening if the US was to change from big company broiler companies back to family run farms and sales? (Provided there was enough land* this is strictly a "what if" question) Thanks for any help! Also let me know how you would like to be cited! (Backyard Chickens.com or username.) The finished product is on page 4! I think it got my point across and that was the point to write a pursuasive paper and try to make the instructor see it how I see it. Thanks everybody! I cited the entire BYC forum because my list would have been another page with all the information I gained from indaviduals here! Thanks a ton all!!