Quote:They are slow maturing, but mind you they are ginormous when they are full grown and a 20 week old pullet is going to be the same size as a fully mature hen of most any traditional breed. So I guess I was thinking you wanted a roo to cover your hens and then get crossed chicks that would be large enough for use as eating birds? The lady that sent me hatching eggs where Butters came from (see previous post) has Brahmas, Marans, Sexlinks and EE. She is a subsistance farmer and raises her chickens for eggs and meat. She is quite happy with the half Brahmas for table fare. Anyway, here is the difference between Bindi the Brahma (left) at maturity and Eva the EE (right): Bindi is about twice the weight as Eva. Of course we would not eat her as she has a name, but her breast is very plump whereas Eva is pretty scrawny. The only other breed I have that matches Bindi for filled-out meatiness are my Speckled Sussex. They might be an idea for you, although their eggs are smaller than Bindi's.