Ok, I'm about to take the plunge to get some meat birds. I wanted to confirm some things that I have been reading: Cornish and Cornish X birds need to be slaughtered at 8 weeks of there will be health problems. Broilers can be slaughtered later but will mature (i.e. The Roos), crowing, etc. Broilers do not convert feed to meat as well as Cornish birds? I'm trying to decide which type of bird works for us. I am wondering if the 8 week old Cornish Roo's crow and everything? Roosters in my town are supposed to be illegal though many people have them on their farms, it's the type of laid back place where as long as no one complains your safe. Well it just happens that I have the neighbors from hell living next door to me who have tried every way to get us ticked off at them since we bought our farm 4 months ago(They HATE kids and we have 3 lol)... No doubt they would complain if they heard a roo crowing loudly. BUT, it's not like I'm going to get arrested for it, they would warn me to get rid of the crowing bird of be fined and I would cull it, no problem... Soooo, it seems like I would have less problems with the Cornish since they are butchered sooner, am I correct? I have a good sized family of 5 with three dogs who eat a mix of kibble and raw meat. When my family and I buy a roaster chicken at the store we buy a 5-6 pounder for about $7-$8 and if my husband is home for dinner it barely feeds everyone. Do the Cornish get big enough to be a dressed out weight comparible to the store bought roaster? I would only be giving the dogs the livers and hearts and things, not the good meat. I'm thinking about starting with 50 day olds to see how we do for this fall/winter. By next spring I will have a nice bator so I can hatch some of my own for what I'm guessing will be cheaper than buying the day olds. Another question I had... Say you have a Cornish that all of a sudden keels over at lets say 6 weeks due to heart failure... If you saw the bird die or got to it while it was still warm/fresh could you still eat it safely? I guess there is always the doubt of what the bird actually died from huh? I was just trying to basically see the pros and cons of Cornish Vs. Broilers. Is there a difference in the meat quality or something? Thanks for putting up with me!