So, I've been wanting to keep chickens for egg and meat for about a year now. I've decided to go ahead and take the plunge in Spring. I know which dual purpose chickens I want to get, but right now, my question is specifically about the chickens I want to raise for meat only. I don't think I want Cornish X's or a hybrid bird (Freedom Rangers, etc), as I need a bird that can be 100% free range, have good coloring for predators, and because I'm still on the fence about Cornish X's. I live in the North, so a somewhat cold hardy bird would best. So my real questions: 1) What is the fastest growing heritage breed bird that would be free range? 2) I just need to get them to around 5 lbs with a descent amount of meat--Any thoughts on Jersey Giant?) 3) Can Cornish X's be totally free range? 4) How old till a rooster will start to crow? I would need to process before that age All advice will be greatly appreciated!