For the last 3 or 4 years I have raised Cornish X's for my family and parents. I typically order 25, twice a year because it works out better with freezer space. I process any that are having problems (legs, breathing etc) but the rest (all but a couple a year) get taken to a local meat market for processing. Processing day typically takes me away from work for the morning, and then I need to pick up the processed meat the following morning. Which keeps me out of the shop for another couple hours. As everyone knows, raising chickens takes time and meaties seem to need more attention than laying hens due to their waste and feed management. And here is the delema. For decades a good friend of mine raises meat birds for people. His customers call and say I need 40 of them and he raises, processes, and delivers the 40 birds. He sells them for what the going rate is at the local grocery store. I am thinking of just letting him raise our meaties and I will stick to hens and quail. And here is my reasoning. If I miss a total of 8 hours of work (I am self employed) at $45.00 hr. shop rate I will be out $360.00 If he raises 40 birds for me, each one averaging 6 pounds (or less) at the current rate of $1.50 a pound that would equal $360.00 So by having him raise, process, and deliver 40 birds for me and me concentrating on work instead of driving to a butcher shop my meat for the year would be paid for. I will miss the awkwardness of Cornish X's though so if I do this, I may have to visit his barn just to get my fix. They are so much fun to watch when they do finally move away from the feeder to chase something! Any thoughts?