I have Rhode Island Reds, Buffed Orpingtons and Plymouth Barred Rocks. According to the 'books' they are supposed to be a certain sizes. The Rhode's 6.5 pounds, the Rocks 7.5 pounds, the Orps 8 pounds. Now when I weighed them last fall they definitely fell short of those 'standards', some managed to come close but definitely short. So, is that because they've been breed for show vs meat, or that until recently people haven't been breeding them to keep up the breed or what? Did I manage to get a poor supplier? I do intend to perfect the breeding thing and get the flock up to larger sizes. Got my chicks this year from someone else so we'll see how large they are this time. Any ideas?