I went and bought 94 sex link/buff orp mixed chicks its about half and half . they are in a brooder box home built and am looking to free range more . they have been out 3 times on grass they scratch good already got them local which turned out to be harder than i thought in middle TN i paid 1.20 each and they were 2 weeks old with some wing feathers. so now im wondering if these are gonna turn out good for meat ,how long to get to the right size? do you just kill them all off and start over each time or is it worth it to keep hens and roosters to make more chicks later. im almost wondering if its not smarter to have like 20 broody hens around now so u always have staggered ages of chickens runin around ready to be killed. yeah lot of subjects in one post . i have been reading a lot of the forum then decided to join to get some more thoughts on starting out in meat birds. so i had like 20 things on my mind .