I am at a loss as to why there are so many "horror" stories about the poor old Cornish X. I just wanted to post this to vent my frustrations and dispel some of the myths. 1. Cornish crosses will not forage. Started out young on grass they will forage. Reducing the amount of food available helps to encourage them. 2. Cornish crosses are more susceptible to injury or disease. With proper diet and shade they are no more susceptible than any other chicken. The only difference that I have noted is the chicks have a higher ratio that fail to thrive. The first three days after receiving chicks there tends to be about a 10% loss. I have yet to have leg problems, or any problems for that matter after three days. Now all of this goes out the window if you decide to keep them past there alloted time. 3. Cornish crosses are time consuming, requiring more attention than other breeds. I am really surprised how often I hear this one. So here is my routine. Feed and water in the AM. Takes about five minutes. Feed and water in the PM. Move the tractor ahead 10 feet. Takes about 10 minutes. Just before dark I'll remove their feeder. Really not anything more than I do for my laying flock. 4. Cornish crosses stink. Different feeds will produce more odor than others. As a general rule ground grains from a mill are less obnoxious than the extruded and crushed feeds. As a side note, I don't think 25 layers would smell too rosy if kept in a 10 X 6 tractor either. 5. It is more cost effective to hatch and raise your own. The initial cost of the chicks is only a small percentage of the overall cost of raising meat birds. Feed is by far the largest, up wards of 80% if you process your own chickens. I can't imagine how maintaining breeding stock through the winter would offset the cost of chicks. The breeders have done all the work for you, why not take advantage? Here is a short video of my current batch(shot by my daughter). Notice they are doing what all chickens do. Running, scratching, playing and generally being chicks. These are two weeks old and yes there is a useless "rare" chick in with them. But thats another rant all together. Bottom line..........you can't get a better meat chicken for the money. They win hands down. All you Cornish fans please add to this list.