INDECISIVE! That folks is the word of the YEAR! I did decide to quit my job, it was my bright idea to move to a BIGGER place FURTHER out in the middle of nowhere, and as of this weekend I HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO FINALLY JUST DO IT AND ORDER BROILER CHICKS! Until now we have been getting them fully grown and ready to process SUPER cheap from a friend whose son raises them for showing - but this summer the heat and fires and subsequent evacuation took it's toll and there are none to be had until spring...and that's a maybe IF the kid wants to stick with broilers again...so it's time to do it ourselves! With only 2 whole chickens and some turkey left in my freezer...it's time to put my big girl panties on and raise us some meaties! And the best part now that I am unemployed I have time to actually do this and ask questions! Okay...here's the first one: The feed store I use (and keep in mind I have to travel far for feed now - really it's 20 miles to the closest gas station far) carries 4 kinds of feed that will apply to raising broilers: MEDICATED chick starter - 20% protein MEDICATED turkey starter - 28% MEDICATED "champion broiler" - 23% and an 18% "grower" which is NOT medicated With those stats and 25 cornish x chicks coming soon...What do you do? I'm not fully anti-meds...but it does seem somewhat pointless to be raising these birds SOLELY on medicated feed...maybe a little when they are little...but they get big so very fast...what do I feed the little buggers? I would like to have everything ready BEFORE they arrive - the brooder is getting set back up today and everything is getting a good cleaning out and going over. With those options as currently my nearest and most reasonable options - what do you feed? Also, if someone would check my math here - I figure for 25 chicks, 3 one gallon waterers and 4 of those 20 inch tray deals with the little sliding tops - you know, the red plastic ones from TSC - should be plenty enough to get them off to a good start - after 3 weeks its out in the tractors they go and I have that set up with the big 5 gallon homemade bucket feeders and I have plenty of buckets to spare if I need more - but for brooding purposes is that enough feeding/water equipment for 25 of the little chicken-zillas? Thanks in advance for any input - I really need someone to make up my mind on this one. I wanted to just try feeding the 20% through the end - as we raised all of our laying hens on that and then switched them to laying feed at 16 weeks - excess roos too and then processed them at about 20 - 24 weeks whenever we had them...but since it's medicated...what would ya'll do? Someone please...make up my mind, I can't make it up anymore!