I ordered 25 CornishX's in mid July. I tried to get them at my local feed mill, but alas they were done with chicks for the year so I was forced to order from the hatchery. I was going to be going by the hatchery (which is way down south in Iowa) and wanted to stop by on my way home. I found out they do limited hatches of them. They had some hatching by the 30th of July. I Would have to go without or have them mailed. I really wanted them mid-July so they would not interfere with my pheasants I have hatching August 6th. But I found a solution, I build another brooder, and my Wife never noticed it! My plan with the X's is to raise them in the brooder for 2 weeks then turn them loose in a paddock. I will be throwing scratch on the ground and feeding them for a short time each evening. Moving them to free range with limited food by week 3. They were to arrive on July 31. they did not. They arrived on August 1st. all were in good shape but thirsty. They took to the water right away. I ordered 25 and got 26. As of this AM they are still alive. I threw a little feed on the "red" paper I have lining the brooder for them. They immediately pecked at it and by last night were eating out of the feeder. Pooping appears good. I would like to weigh them but am unsure how to do it. I do not want to base weight gains on one chick and have no idea how to tell them apart. I think bands would be awkward and dangerous at the rate they grow. Any Ideas? Here they are freshly arrived: BTW this is as much for my benefit as anyone else, I want a record of what I am doing with them, this seems a good place to keep it and I can get input from others If I make an error. For those of you concerned this is against the nature of these birds, I will not starve them or allow them to get too big to walk, etc. I will gladly put any chick that seems distressed into the freezer. I harvested 23 CornishX's in July 12th. I let them eat as much as they wanted and was forced to process them then as they were starting to have ascites and heart attacks. They taste great but are no different than golden plump birds from Walmart. I want to make a bird that tastes more like the birds I remember from 50 years ago when I was a kid. I do have some other "heavies" I am raising for meat also, but they are free ranging. HOWEVER, I am really interested in what I can do with these birds! Thanks for reading if your still with me.