BYC members. I haven't posted in a long time. For a quick update...We have an entirely new set of chickens than the one's we had last time I posted! They are, 2 new hampshire hens, 2 barred rock hens, and two mutt roosters ( getting rid of at least one soon!). Mom and I were discussing possibly starting meat chickens next year. We are pretty sure CX are not what we want, ( our goal is a different bird altogether.) I'm pretty sure I'd like to get some freedom rangers, but I wouldn't mind finding out a couple of things. On certain heritage breeds (perhaps New Hampshire, Deleware, Rocks) has any one been able to get cockerels (12-16 weeks old) to a dressed weight of 3-4 pounds? Has anyone seen a breed like this. Working with heritage what has been your experience for the MALES (we would keep any hens for egg layers.) The reason is we were looking for something we could keep breeding. Our own line if you will. Any information will be useful. Also I have noticed there is a new variety, called the Pioneer or Dixie Rainbow chicken. Not a heritage but it's supposed to breed true. It's pretty new and I saw some bad reviews on it early on, but they were both for the same hatchery (the breed is now being sold by two others). It's been several years and I was just wondering if they have improved. Thank you!