Okay, I raised my first batch of meat birds last summer, processed them and have already made supper out of all of them. Here's the deal: when I tried the first one I'll admit it was good but I was a little squeamish after doing the butchering so I couldn't fully enjoy it. I got over the squeamish real soon after that. THe second one tasted better but I didn't really notice much of a difference from the store ones, the third tasted very good and after the sixth I was hooked (they just seemed to get better and better). Ran out of my cornish x meat about two weeks ago and bought the same store brand I always did before I processed my own. I took a bite and could not believe the taste, it was awful compared to my free ranged, home grown cornish x. I couldn't believe the difference. The chicken from the store just didn't hold a candle to ours, I actually thought it was gross. I am ruined to store bought chicken now! I am sooo hooked on raising my own meaties now I'll never look back. I NEED A BIGGER FREEZER!! Now I see what all of you are saying, there is a big difference. I didn't notice it at first but after having our owna nd then going back to the store ones I see it now. Huge difference to me, so not all chicken meat is created equal. I am still in shock at just how YUCK the store brand is to me now. NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU RAISE YOUR OWN MEATIES!!! YUMMMMM!!!