Recently I had an acquaintance questions fast growing meat chickens vs the ones that take 14-16 weeks to mature and don't have all the issues the "fast growers" have. We are new to this and don't know much. I don't want to support the industry that treats chickens inhumanely -- would like to know what breeds, chickens we should look at getting next time we decide to have "meat chickens". . In 13 meat growers only one has a lame leg which I have been giving extra attention to. Didn't realize that years ago it was a standard of taking at least 14 weeks to grow to meat size. . .input would be appreciated! thanks muchs!