I'm looking to raise some chickens as meat birds this year, and was hoping for some suggestions. I'm looking for a traditional breed, not Cornish crosses. I bought 12 white orpingtons for meat earlier this month from McMurray, but none of them survived the great AE epidemic of 2008, so I need to order some more. I thought rather than just pick one all willy-nilly (like I did with the white orpingtons) I'd look to people who have more experience than I do. I'd like something that grows relatively quickly, tastes good, and will reach a butchering weight before sexual maturity so I don't have to deal with fighting / separating roos...if there is such a breed. And, what might be a dumb question: will feeding any chick broiler ration make it grow faster than normal chick starter? Thanks in advance.