Hi all, I have 10 7 month old laying hens of various breeds. I raised them from day old chicks. I can definitely say that I have been bitten by the chicken bug. After I realized this and my family's desire to become more self-sufficient, I thought about doing meat chickens. I didn't think my husband would be on board with this so I didn't bring it up. A couple weeks later our small group had a couple that does meat chickens every year and my husband said he would love to learn how to do this. So we ordered them and grew them and now we are off to process on the third! We only lost 1 to pecking and have had to segregate a few for pecking but we are learning in the process. We are in sunny AZ and love our little tract home homestead!