I know this question has been asked a million times, but many times, each person has different preferences. I'm working on becoming self sufficient and that includes not being reliant on hatcheries. With that being said, to me the most important things when it comes to my meat birds are: 1. They are heritage... so I don't have to constantly buy baby chicks or fertilized eggs. When/if the economy collapses, the price at the hatcheries will skyrocket too! And availability will be much lower as well. I want to avoid any issues there! 2. They go broody. I've tried hatching some eggs with my current egg layers (they're all mixed breeds) and none of them would sit on the eggs. I had to throw them all out after a week. I never saw any of the hens sitting on the eggs a single time. I want to avoid this. 3. They taste good. Obviously, the more taste the better. 4. They are moderate to fast growers. I understand that if I don't want to go the Cornish X route I'm going to have to deal with longer growing times. But I understand this can vary greatly between breeds. * I'm no chicken expert, so some of the birds below my not be heritage.