actually, I'd never ask for someones secrets, BUT, I do need some help My kids are doing broilers this year. I have 50 cornish cross coming next month. I know the basics, keep a radio on, stir them a few times a day. keep a light on all the time, wake up at least once during the night and go and make them wake up adn eat. etc etc etc. BUT- I keep getting asked "what recipe are you going with?" and "so you know what to feed them right?" When I say 'pellets' or 'recipe? I thought I brought 3 up there alive and they judged them, I didnt know I had to kill and cook them too" they just laugh and pat me on the head... folks have told me to 'find a recipe, they used to like to use butter and molasses' or prefer the grease, corn and molasses, - but in the 'secrecy of it all' noone will actually tell me what to feed. (even those who's kids are well out of 4-H adn in college, they are saving the secrets for their grandkids to use in 10-15 years.) I guess I understand, I mean, for lots of folks the 4-H world is akin to looking for an enemy around every corner and they dont want the competition. Dont get me wrong, I like to win as much as the next guy, but I also realize this is for kids to learn whats a good 'eatable' animal, possibly make some money for college and gain knowledge about animals. I mean, I have a secret family recipie, that I was sworn to secrecy when given, so I have kept it that way. BUt stuff I make, or find in a book, I share with anyone who asks. I'm just that way. I understand the concept, belive me. and there are times when you do keep something a secret, and I know that. I just dont know how to find out anything. I havent really even been able to find anything on the web. Usually I get "aww, just feed them whatever, just remember to use a radio and wake up in thenight to wake them up- you'll be fine" meaning "HA! your not gonna be any competition at all!! WHEW!" LOL And since I am going into this totally blind I dont know what to do. I have been told "you better find something, otherwise your kids birds will be the first off the table" Since the top 20 pens go to the auction, and the rest just go home I'd hate for that to happen. I dont want them discouraged this quickly. we are already having issues with the rabbits. ( couldnt get them to breed on the breed day, or after that...) (they all bred just fine in the past, just wouldnt do it that week... LOL ) not to mention the 107.00 I put out for the birds, and the new coop I have to build JUST for these birds. Plus, my kids get up early enough to go and feed all the rabbits, and hogs, laying hens and everything else, then catch the bus at 6:15. They are really putting everything into this, and since the rabbits wont be an option, I'd hate for them to loose out on the birds too. So, to get the biggest, best meaties, what do you feed them? there is not a mill around here that mills feed for you, Its gonna have to be something I can mix up myself, or buy ready made. We all had to buy our chicks through the 4-h, from the same place. so it all depends on getting a few good birds, and feeding them right. can y'all help me feed them right?