I just recently began venturing into chicken ownership. One of the biggest pros to owning chickens for me, is being able to eat them. I recently found a hatchery very very near to me where you can buy their left over dual purpose and meat birds for next to n nothing. Catch is, the majority are male. Housing a large number of birds is very doable for me. I have an entire empty barn. However housing 100 birds separate from each other is not feasible. Would the birds be ok together until processing age or should I stick to only doing 5 birds a year? I have a very large family. 100 birds seems like a lot but betweenus all it won't last that long!