I've raise three groups of meat birds so far. The first were Cornish crosses that I fed 12 hours a day. I let them live with the laying hens. They grew fast, I lost about 10% and they were kind stink and dirty, but otherwise I was satisfied. They would have been 6-7 lbs at 10 weeks but my neighbors dogs killed them 2 days before slaughter. The second set of cornishes I did in a tractor. I rationed their food by weight per day. They took forever to grow (colder? food? I don't know). I processed at about 12 weeks and they were 5-6 lbs. The third set was unintentional Australops that came free with the cornishes. I let them live with the layers. They were a good size at 6 months, about 5-6 lbs. BUT they were a nightmare at the end, they were all roos, crowing all the time, fighting, raping my layers. It was really traumatic. At 5 moths I culled half of them (and they were small 3-4lbs), and still with 5 roos and 5 layers, it was mayhem. So.... I'm curious what other people do. I would like for the meaties to free range which basically means they have to be with my layers. I cannot have my ladies stressed like that again. Even my soft hearted husband was ready to kill the roos at the end. Should I try heritage hens? How big will they get? Or perhaps freedom rangers? I could just do the cornishes again, as I recall they were too lazy to try to rape anyone, but they were a little sad to see, and they clearly couldn't escape the dogs (thought most of the others were killed too). I didn't love the tractor experience. I don't think they really got much in "pasture", they might as well have been in a coop, despite the fact that I moved it twice a day. Ideas?