So it's been 8 weeks and I just picked up my meat birds from the processor. I thought I'd share my experience so maybe we can all learn from each other. I purchased 52 meat chickens from Meyer Hatchery. They were the cheapest so I thought I'd give them a try. Somebody on the forum stated that their Meyer hatchery chickens did not grow as fast as their other meat chickens. However, they were feeding them squash and such. Just so you know, this was not my experience. At 8 weeks of age the average processed weight was 4lbs 8oz. That's pretty good. My Ideal chickens at 7.5 weeks averaged 4lbs even. I ended up with only 40 chickens in the end. I didn't have any gimpy chickens like last time but they had a very high death rate. Purple chicken has also experienced this problem as well as a lady here in town. So the high death rate is something to think about. My processor recommended that I use Welp hatchery. They have people all over raising chickens for them and they use Welp and have had a good survival rate. Now, mine tended to get Cocci a lot. I use a chicken tractor so I move them everyday to a clean spot but still they got sick. Even though I medicated them, I was still losing them at a high rate. I lost 6 in one week and they were being medicated. I read some where that the meds deplete the vitamins in the birds in order to kill the Cocci. So I thought if that was the case then maybe they needed a boost. So I gave them a very little yogurt and I added broiler booster to their water for only one day (I give it to them regularly for the first 3 weeks but this was the 6th week) Anyway, it really boosted them and I never lost another chicken after that. I was thinking I was going to do really well because I didn't lose any to illness until the 4th week. I don't know if it's because I stopped the broiler booster at that point or not, I doubt it. I just think they got sick and I didn't catch it as quickly as usual. Anyway, this was my experience and I thought I'd share it incase it helps somebody else.