I mostly lurk here, reading all the wonderful advice. A conversation with my mother-in-law recently led to a question that I could not find the answer to. She was raving about her sex links, telling me what prolific egg-layers they are. My experience with chickens started some 45 years ago -- before I heard of sex links -- so when I got a place where we could have chickens, I went for what I know: RIRs, Leghorns and Barred Rocks. After the conversation with my MIL, I started paying attention to and reading up on sex links. From what I understand, they are prolific layers, but they don't lay as long as the heritage breeds. Essentially, they lay the same number of eggs over the course of their productive life, but the sex links just do it all up front. My question is, how are they as meat birds? I don't want to feed something that isn't going to feed me back, so if a sex link chicken is done laying.......Do you see where I'm going with this? Also, I understand that for a self-sustaining flock, sex links are not really a good choice. Is that a fair statement?