This is my first year raising laying hens, and I am interested in raising meat birds. Unfortunately I don't know a thing about it. I have been reading the forum, but still have many questions. How long do you raise a meat bird? Are they generally roosters? I have a NH Red that grew much faster than my other breeds. Would this be a good choice? I would love to hire someone to do my slaughtering. I live in NH. Is there anyone out there who does this? Help please.