We were given 3 meaties... at 3 weeks old.... they are now like 12 weeks. I havent seen any of the problems I hear about with them yet. BUT I pretty much free range them and throw just enough feed out for them to get them to go in the coop at night- they are foraging pretty well and not noticably skinny(not sure those monsters can BE skinny) They are like big friendly puppies... I was determined to eat them.. but they tug on my pants to get attention. They follow me around and LIKE attention... They are almost the same size as my laying hens already. They are well feathered and not too ugly except the whole dinosaur tromple monster bird thing... and they love the dust bath and stay pretty darn clean. I soo wanted to raise my own meat... but I think these little guys are going to live out there unatural lives roaming my yard. If I disapear outside into the yard too long my husband comes to check on me.. he is afraid they are going to knock me down and eat me.. My son carries them around and they talk to him and they sit on his lap and twitter at him. There... I confessed! Im a wimp.