This is my 4th year raising CX for our family's freezer. I did some things differently this year, the most significant being that I changed to a new feed. I spoke with the lady who raises pastured CX for our local market and found out that I could buy her custom feed mix from the feed store. It is a whole grain/cracked corn feed...corn, soybean meal, alfalfa meal and oats, and something for calcium supplement. The analysis is 17% protein, 8% fat, 4% fiber. She says they always process theirs around 7 or 8 weeks of age, which is when I did mine in the past when I had them on Dumor turkey chick feed (24%) and Dumor chick feed (20%) to finish. I have had awesome results in the health of the birds with this new feed--NO leg problems and haven't lost even a single bird this year. They are digesting this feed completely and their stools look like normal chicken stools should, not all runny and gross. It seems to stay with them longer. They don't consume as much feed as they did on the Dumor, but I believe the Dumor feed ran through them so fast and never was completely digested, accounting for the awful stools. They aren't consuming excessive amounts of water either. They run around, roost a little, eat bugs and grass (NEVER had them do that before) and even dig holes to roll around in for dustbathing. They are acting like normal chickens! HOWEVER, they are growing out much slower. I was expecting to process them (had things proceeded as they had in the past) on the 2nd and 4th weekends of October. They'll be 8 weeks old on Monday and the males are not ready yet! I'm not sure they'll be ready next week either. And now it's getting late in the fall, cold and rainy. I hope I'll not be processing chickens in the snow. This is also the first year I have grown them out in the fall. They have been more comfortable, avoiding the heat of early summer. It really hasn't been cold here until just the past couple of days. I also have them tractored on pasture. I usually keep records of their feed consumption, although I haven't tallied up my receipts yet for this batch. Has anyone here experienced slow grow-out on their CX before? I am just wondering how others have done feeding them a whole grain (not crumble/pellet) feed. Unless MMH sent me some other type of chicken (packing slip confirmed my order for CX...they otherwise look like CX, even if they're not acting like it.) All I can figure is that it has something to do with the feed. I need to ask the chicken lady, if I can get ahold of her. She's a busy lady and hard to catch.