Might be a dumb question, idk. I raised my first meat birds this past spring and just chose the Cornish cross I could buy at the farm store. Now, I'm no sappy pushover or anything, but I couldn't stand the fact that I could tell these birds were in pain for most of their short life. So, I decided that when I do it again I would opt for a ranger hybrid or some slower growing breed. Which led me to the idea of breeding a few of my own. With a plucker it'd be easy to always have a few birds in the freezer. I don't have too much of a hangup over feed costs or time to mature, etc. I'll decide early on which ones will be kept for meat so they don't eat layer feed. But, is there a meat breed that someone can recommend that I could incubate/hatch and raise? I could just continue with a good DP breed like my australorps since I'll always want some eggs as well, I guess. What I find from the factory hatcheries as far as meat breeds are all crosses/hybrids (idk the difference). Farm stores don't get too creative in chicks they buy, of course. Anyway, Yall are probably tired of seeing my posts, sorry if so! I've had chickens for several years but I enjoy learning new things about them and expanded what I do.