I have layers but bought two meat bird chicks because I had a pea chick who needed company. The meat bird chicks were all that were available at the time. I didn't know much about them but I figured I'd have to have the meat birds killed before they collapsed under their own weight. They are now eight months old and seem to be doing okay. I noticed that they are much heavier than the layers and have short wings. They also are really friendly. So I keep hoping that they can just stick around without any discomfort.