I am a newbie to the chicken raising game and am enjoying it more than I thought I would. I began my flock with 4 buffs last spring. This spring I still had four buffs and lots of eggs. I did recently lose a hen due to unknown causes just last week . In any event I want to expand my flock and begin to raise dual purpose birds at a sustainable rate. So I will be adding a rooster to the flock. The question is which rooster. I love the looks of the Jersey Giant roosters and think they would probably produce a very nice looking bird when crossed with a Buff Orpington hen or an Austrolorp hen. My question is what would the growth rate be like. I don't need the industrial efficiency of the popular meat birds. But 2 years to get a fully grown bird probably won't work for any reasonable meat production for my small flock. Would the Jersey x Orpington hybrid produce a faster growth rate and reasonable meat bird? Anyone have this cross? Thanks for the opinions.