I have a barred rock rooster and some buff orpington hens. Would that be a good somewhat fast growing bird for butchering? Has anyone ever done that cross? I am looking to hatch out and raise some meat birds of our own to cut down on costs and to know exactly what my birds have had. I also have a question about the cornish cross. I had a batch this past spring/summer that when butchered they were all over 5-6 lbs. The next batch were only 4 lbs butchered out. I bought them from different places. Would that make a difference in the size? They were all cornish cross cockerals.