My family has finally agreed to start raising meat chickens. We want to order a batch in the next couple weeks and are trying to figure out the pricing. We have 4 families that are going to pitch in, and each will get a portion at butchering. However, my family will be the ones caring for them. Here is our plan: We are going with Jumbo Cornish Xs from Murray McMurray. We are trying starting off with 25 straight run. I found a great find on CL for a 10x10 fully enclosed chainlink dog kennel that we bought today for $75. It is in great condition and we are planning to run some chicken wire along the bottom. They will be allowed to free range during the day too in the goat pen. We are also planning on doing the 12 on 12 off schedule. We will be butchering and processing at home. Now for the questions: What kind of shelter should we provide? We were thinking of just tarping an area of the kennel off, or building a plywood box. I know the chicks will need a brooder, but when can they go into the kennel? In your opinion, what is the best age to butcher? Anything else you can think of? Thank you for the help!