I have about 20/25 meat cornish x from Mcmurray's and 5 or so assorted roos to be processed this Sunday Monday. This is our 1st batch! ( we will take them to a processor) I will be sure to rest for 2 days in salt water/fridge and then freeze. Feed has been turkey starter/turkey show food 22% and lots of veggies and fruit from the local farmers market. (free in the garbage bin) The chickens look like huge! 14/16 lbs walking.... so I expect about 8/9 lb dressed? Because of the HEAT in Texas..... I put a water fountian in the run and spray the chickens and covered run with water in the afternoon to cool down. This will keep them from dying in the heat. Problem. The chickens are soooo DIRTY really dirty. the other chickens are in the same run, and they do not look dirty at all. the meaties "lay down" more. Should I wash the chickens or clean them before taking to processor? I do have "red broilers" in the next batch and I think I will like these better. They grow 1/2 as slow and eat half as much and take 2 times longer... but I think overall I am OK with a slower grower if they grow out to 8 lbs dressed even if it takes 16 weeks. What is the biggest size anyone has grown for a red or black broiler? By the way... someone at the hatchery told me these are dark/light cornish over RIR and this will give you a red broiler. Does anyone breed your own red broilers?