Hello, Last year, I raised 20 cornish crosses, they became huge at 10lb dressed weight, but I am really disappointed overall. meat taste like nothing, the birds themselves aren't apt for a sustainable/ free range homestead. This year, I have tried a new experiment. I bought an incubator and put some of the eggs from my laying flock. I have a very large rooster, and some kabir hens/barred rock. I also have bought 30 fertilized eggs of the breed light sussex, the parents were quite large, both boys and girls. Plan is to raise them free range in a third of acre with either tractors or "chickshaw" + electric poultry netting. I have no idea how a very large "father" for the chickens will influence size of his offspring, I just wonder, if in 5 or 6 months, I would get a 5lb dressed weight carcass? anyone has experience? I would prefer to keep my own breeding stock and use the offspring as meat birds, feed cost is not that relevant, as I would raise hardier animals to resist heat and better forager, not to mention healthier meat of animals that moved around and ate things other than commercial feed. Is it best to process at 5 or 6 months? thanks !!