I have been going back and forth and back and forth about how my family is going to raise our own meat. I want to do meaties eventually, but with two little kids, I am fearful of giving myself so much work on a daily basis in addition to everything else we do and also the processing. My husband may or may not help... he's such a wuss. I am going to let my broodies do the work. I already have a broody raising 2 chicks and now I have another broody that I'm going to put eggs under and then just eat the roos. That way, I can practice processing on just a few birds at a time, rather than have the pressure of butchering a big number on one weekend. I think we'll do 18 eggs under my broody in the hopes that half will hatch and at least half of them will be roos. This is the way families did it for a hundred years, so I know I can do it. Thank you to everyone for answering all my questions!! I'm sure I'll have more when I get ready to butcher the birds in a few months.