Hi, all! I am getting my first chicks early next week. I have ordered mostly layers but have filled out the order with Cornish X's. The more I read, the more I'm leaning towards getting Dark Cornish instead and perhaps maintaining a self-sustaining meat flock. I would love to hear from those who have raised one or the other (or both) as to the differences in growth, taste etc. Also, if I did want to breed, do you think they should be pure Dark Cornish or should I cross with another breed for a better meat bird? The only other English bird I'm getting is a Red Cap, which is supposed to be a good dual-purpose bird. What do you think about that cross? Thanks for your patience with all the newbie questions!