I am thinking about getting some decent Marans from a breeder friend to raise for meat. I love their eggs (best in the world!), but my Marans roo is looking mighty tasty (j/k, he's a pet). I am terrible at judging weight, but I would guess he's between 5 and 6 pounds at 5 months old. I'm planning to get some chicks, both layers and roasters, from my friend to raise through the winter. If my plan is not economy, but instead succulent flavorful meat, how do I treat the meat birds differently from my layers? What is the ideal age to slaughter? Do they have times in their lives when hormones affect flavor positively? How do I encourage healthy weight gain while ensuring the weight is mainly tasty meat and not excess fat and water? Any tips for finishing? General advice is helpful, but breed specific is really good, since Marans seem to do everything their own way. Thank you!