We've wanted to have meat chickens for a long time. To be honest, I've never killed an animal and imagining that part is difficult for me. We made the jump when I was half way through reading other threads and decided to just get the order over with 16 Cornish X's arrived 4th of March (Tuesday). I started some fermented feed on Sunday night. ETA: These pictures are from today. I'm feeling rather self conscious about how filthy they look. This is the third time I've cleaned them out since we got them on Tuesday. The chick on the far left, I got from TSC. They told me it was a Cornish X, I'm not sure if it is. I put this in with the Cornish's after it kept pecking at a chick in the standard chick brooder. I'm guessing it's normal for them to be so wretchedly filthy from practically climbing into their food. We call them the piranha pigs for how the descend onto the food. I kept them in the house for 5 days before the smell became too much to bear. We just put them out under the carport on a bench. Using one of the galvanized trough things from TSC. Made a tight lid using hardware cloth. Low of 50F tonight, so I think they should be OK.