Let me start off by saying we had originally decided to hatch eggs from our laying flock for meat birds.We have 2 RIR (production red) roos and many types of hens.( br,bjg,nh,glw,rir, to name a few).I know the breasts of a DP bird are not as big as cornishx,but we were a bit disappointed with size,not flavor.So we did some research and found out that the Delawares were used before the cornishx for commercial meat birds.We just ordered 3 roos and 10 hens to start a laying meat bird flock.Does anyone have any input or is there anything I should know about these birds in particular? I am so happy my DH decided to start this meat laying flock! It means I get to keep more chickens I should mention our laying flock is free range all day so they get really strong muscles too.The meat birds will have an adequate run and coop space.At what age is it best to butcher Delewares so the meat isn't tough? ETA: I can't let them free range due to space because I have a large laying flock,but will be giving them grass clippings etc.