I've decided to stop buying store bought meat. I purchased my first Rabbits this weekend and plan on making a pen for some meaties next. It is varying between 50-75 degrees during the day here still and high 30's-50 at night. DO they need a coop or can I just put a tarp over 1/2 their tractor? Also, what's the best source of meat birds... do the different hatcheries have different qualities? I think I'm going to go with the Cornish X's because they seem to get the best reputation. I am going to start with a smallnumber because we had a horrible experience with a friend coming and butchering a roo for us- however it was a straight game bird and I think that had ALOT to do with the whole thing. It was very very gross...thats the best way to describe him. I think the plate weighed more than the bbq'd bird. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'm going to get a cone but for less than 20 birds do you think I really need a plucker?