I've said before they work out better for us for many reasons and more economically than chickens...I have great land for all poultry... good mix of pasture and wood lots.. natural water sources and our highly prized LGD's that do not kill ANY poultry!
.... and maybe we have had the wrong chickens in the past..I mean chickens and goats are the most used livestock animals in the world.. what have I done wrong for them to not work out??? I found out what I did wrong with goats for them not to work!
...maybe the wrong bloodlines (yes bloodlines matter in poultry too!! don't be fooled by thinking all of the same breed will possess the awesome traits you've read about in those romanticized homesteading magazines!
I tried half a dozen different chicken breeds (there are so many breeds) before giving up and stepping away from chickens for awhile to focus in on ducks as our main egg/poultry meat source. Which works extremely well for us here in the southeast.... some better than others.... but the main thing you gotta know... they are WORK!! Like any livestock..and maybe abit more than other poultry...