Not that I ever want to raise meat birds since I can buy one raised by the Amish for $10 (best I've ever eaten) at the organic food store, but when I read posts here from people who do raise them there's always the complaint about piles of poo with an awful odor that have to be cleaned up on a daily basis. I have a question for those who raise them. What do you think would happen if you placed them on a floor with three inches of sand and an inch or two of diatomaceous earth ($21 for 50#). Seems to me that all you'd have to do is occasionally rake it for eight weeks. From what I've seen of sand and DE, the poo and all odor disappear. I think that that's what I will do if I ever do decide to raise them myself unless there's a reason not to. Also, why couldn't they be raised in an inexpensive reusable, shaded, outdoor, covered pen protected from sun/rain totally wrapped in 1/2-inch hardware cloth, even the floor that would be covered with sand/DE.