I started my feathered endeavors this summer. I got 8 Dark Cornish hens from a neighbor and then I got two batches of chicks from MMH in Iowa. I ordered 45 CXs to give them a try for the freezer. I have seen many 4-Hers bringing these to the fair and know they will be ready to go in short order. However, I think their behavior is a bit freaky, the way they attack everything I put in there like they are staving. I actually thought one was going to explode from eating the other night because his crop was so full! For purebreds I got Barred Rocks, New Hampshire Reds and Australorps. Part of the reason I chose these is because I want to try my own colored Cornish crosses using the DC hens I got this summer with the other three breeds. I would like to ask if anyone out there has tried any of these and what were your results? Also, reading about Colored Rangers, is that what people are calling what I am planning to try? I am hoping I can come up with a good cross for my kids to take to the fair next summer. I am thinking they will need 12-14 weeks to be finished enough. Thanks up front for your thoughts and ideas.