I haven't posted here in quite awhile, so I'll just update everyone on what I'm doing this year. This year, we seemed to be inundated with chicken orders. We planned to purchase 150 chicks in mid-April, and before the end of March, we already had around 140 spoken for. I had to ask some folks to split their order into the next batch. So, I did some calculations and realized that for 150 cornish X's, it would be about 1.5 tons of feed. Holy smokes! If I continued to pay $13/bag, that would be real pricey real quick. So, I called around and found feed for about $11/bag. I crunched some numbers and started thinking that I should be able to do better than that. Long story short, I'm buying Hubbard Homestead "Chick-En-Egg Concentrate" then mixing it with a ton of ground corn (literally 1 ton) that I bought from a farmer-friend of mine. I paid a bit more than he could sell it for on the open market, then got it ground for around $11 (well, just 1,000 lbs so far), bought a cheap cement mixer, and started mixing. I just got the cement mixer put together last night, so I've only mixed 50 lbs so far. Anyway, it works out to around $9.25/bag, not including the cost of the cement mixer ($109 on sale from Harbor Freight). Since I'm planning on selling the processed chickens for $2/lb, I might actually make a couple hundred bucks or so, at least if I amortize the new pen and other new equipment. So, I've been pretty busy with the meat chicken "business" so far. I'm still raising them on "pasture" (my yard) now with 2 tarp-covered PVC pens that I built myself. 150 is probably all I can handle at a time. I've got half outside, and half still in the brooder (bought them a week apart). It's still just a hobby for me, and will continue to remain just a hobby. However, with the volume and cost risks associated, I surely don't mind making a small profit at this point. We're starting another batch in July, but I'm not sure how many it will be. Also, I may do some Rangers (Colored Range Broilers, Freedom Rangers, whatever they are called now) again this year, or maybe the second batch will be entirely Rangers. I haven't decided yet.