There have been so many questions about alternative meat birds that I have decided to record some of my results with my current batch of Dixie Rainbows. I have already processed 100 CX this year. I currently have 100 colored range birds from J&M that I will start processing this week at 11 weeks old. I also have another 100 Dixie Rainbows that are 7 weeks old at this point. I have basically used the same management program with each group. The only major change I have had to implement is adding extra feeder space for the Dixie Rainbows. They seem to be much more active and there is a greater difference in temperments. At week 4 on my first batch of DR I noticed a major size range between all the birds. I had extra large to very small (1/6 the size of the largest). I doubled my feeder space from 10 ft to 20 ft of trough style feeders and now at 7 weeks the size gap has greatly decreased. DR shown at 6 weeks old Housing All birds are kept in brooder until 3-4 weeks depending on the weather. At this time they are moved into a hoop house. The hoop house is moved 1x a day in the beginning, and by 7 weeks is being moved 2x a day. Birds are allowed to free-range for a few hours a day depending on weather from week 5- week 9. The last few weeks they are contained in hoop house. Hoop House is 10X12. Feeding Program Chicks have fresh water and 24% feed 24/7 while in brooder. The hoop houses share space with my horse pasture which is well seeded and contains a high % of clover. They are voracious foragers both for grass and bugs, and also any feed that may have been spilled and left behind when the house was moved. Very little waste around here. All hoop houses now contain 20 feet of trough type feeders (3 in PVC cut and hanging from top) and (1) 5 gallon waterer. Fresh water and food is given 2x a day for younger birds, and 3x a day once they are no longer free ranging.