I posted this in Managing your flock as well, just hoping to find someone who can help with the planing! I think I understand the homesteading process. This is what my plans are and maybe someone can help me out with this plan... I just got my dual purpose egg layers a few weeks ago, got some meaties too. I really dont want to do meaties again because they are tooo greedy and I had plenty of heavy birds with broken legs and dislocated hips.. So heres my plan, by february I should start getting eggs, If I can hatch 30 or more a month and slaughter every 24 weeks I should not have to buy chicken from the stores anymore. I want to hatch 30 a month for 6 months and then about 30 every other month. I have the land and the property, can afford to feed them, just wanting to know does anyone else do this process and how effective can this plan be.. or shouold I do some revisions?