While it has been an eventual goal of mine to have a self-sustaining flock it has been put on the back burner until I had more room. I have mostly been selling/trading hatching eggs from my pure pens. I lucked out and got a great deal on a pair of Splash Orpingtons. Sadly the pullet died of SICDS(Sudden Inconceivable Chicken Death Syndrome) a few weeks after I got them but the rooster was/is thriving. He is large and while not English Orpington he is a sizable bird. The other hens in the pen are some Delaware hens that aren't nearly big enough for the breed but are dense and heavy enough. They lay daily and getting on the genetic calculator I found that my Splash rooster over the Dellie girls produces BLUE SEX LINKS. This has been a big hit and the fertility and hatch rate is fabulous. So now you are wondering what the heck this has to do with meat birds.... I have 20 chicks in a brooder in my closet right now. A pair of 3 week old BSL, a few other oddball 3 week old LF birds and then the rest are 1 week old BSL. Its hard to keep tract of all of them when they get running around but the SIZE and WEIGHT difference on these BSL is insane. They aren't as feathered but they are bigger, and more than 2 times HEAVIER. Go figure I find what seems to be a good meat bird and I'm hatching 90% hens. LMAO I will keep updating with pictures but the next batch that I hatch I plan on separating the roosters and raising them like broilers. The chick on the left is my BSL rooster chick that is 2.5 weeks old in this picture. The other chick on the right is a LF mixed chick that is the same age(hatched same day). The BSL is more than 2 times heavier.