Can you order a batch of meat birds this late in the year? Is there any down side to raising them with fall approaching? Will they be ok outside? If I do, what kind should I get? What does everyone prefer to raise for meat? Ideal has Red Broiler, Black Broiler and Cornish. I already looked over the meat sticky and I think I'm leaning towards the Cornish. Questions: Do I want straight run? Does it matter the gender if we are going to eat them anyway? How costly is it to raise them? I know they do not live long but I read 18-20lbs of feed per chick over their 6-8 week lifespan. Feed is not cheap. If you average $15 for 50lbs, you are looking at $375 to feed 25 chicks. I can buy 25 organic whole chicken at the store for around $200. What is everyone's preferred brand of feed for meaties? I understand they are fed a completely different food than layer hens, and quite a bit more in general.