Well my first batch of meatbirds were processed this morning. The processor said they were great looking birds. I wanted to divide the batch between now and the next to weeks so I could get different sizes. Todays birds all weighed in the 6 pound range so I am very happy with the way things are going. I will have a good range of sizes over the next two weeks, I just have to be careful not to push any too far and have them flip. I will pull out the ones for next week that look like they need to go and then let the rest go to the following week. Then I will just have the last batch that is two weeks old right now and I can pack it in for winter. I have 115 birds total. I have had a very good experience doing this and could not be more pleased. Its really not hard to keep them clean(I am surprised at how clean they stayed) and well fed and let them roam outside if they so choose so I will do this again. I do like the cooler months for it although this is further in the season than I will do next time, I will start in September next year with one or two large batches. The cooler weather has its perks, the birds aren't hot, the smell isn't as bad and the ground is not wet and muddy. All in all a good experience and I will let you know how the family likes their first home grown chicken after tomorrow.