Have put some serious thought into raising a sustainable flock of dual purpose birds. Keeping some hens back, and hatch our own to fill our needs for that years meat birds. So we're not restocking year after year with new chicks from a hatchery. The goal is to know exactly what we're getting through our own birds and improve on what we could buy from a hatchery through very aggressive culling and keeping only the best to improve and build on our stock to eventually have some very good birds to suit our needs. Few things that I'm struggling with though I want to keep a minimum number of hens to give us enough to supply the demand of chicks. Looking to raise a good sized bird by 16 weeks. Maybe not in the first few years, but want the breed to be capable of producing a realistic meat bird at that age. Not looking to show just feed the family. Research has lead me to New Hampshire Reds and looking seriously at Barred Rocks. Thoughts?