Soo we have raised 15 EE chickens for eggs. 2 of them are laying so far and my husband thought it would be neat to raise our own meat birds.. We have 5 cornish x chicks that are about 4 weeks and these are just the nastiest birds I have ever dealt with. My dad raised all kinds of birds when I was a kid (a variety of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys) so I have a bit of experience in that department.. however this will be the first time my husband and I have raised and butchered our own poultry. I sure won't be the one culling the birds. We didn't go into this blind. I know these are rapid growth birds meant for meat. We did our research.. They are filthy.. they eat CONSTANTLY so guess what.. they POOP constantly. Oh just take their food away, right? NO! They make such a mess of it and spill so much it doesn't make any difference. Then you'll be waisting all that feed just to try to prevent them from eating themselves into a coma. They are the worst smelling chickens we have ever had and I clean that brooder, at the very least, twice a week because they are waiding in their own filth. Their undersides are bare. No feathers to speak of because of their weight they spend most of their time laying down (with their face in the feeder). Absolutely disgusting creatures. . If it is THIS bad with only 5 birds, I can't imagine what those poultry farms are like. Kind of makes you think about what you buy at the store for your dinner plate. Never again! !