Hi! I've been lurking for a while, and figured I should join since I have some specific questions about keeping cornish cross hens as pets. My blog introduction to the girls: https://volunteers4paws.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/introducing-enid-billina-and-octavia/ Now.. I know, truly I know, what they were meant for and what the common outcome is for cornish crosses not slaughtered sometime in the first few months of their life. These girls though fell off a truck and ended up at a humane society. Therefore, when I adopted them, I agreed to not consume. I do eat chicken, but just not these chickens. Right now we're just learning about them, how to best keep them, how to keep them healthy, and how to do right by them for however long we have them. Since I only have three - and I live where temps can get right at or slighly below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, right now our focus is making sure we keep them happy and warm through the winter... which according to this upcoming weekend's temps is closer than we thought! Other than the "keeping them warm" thing, we're also focused on keeping them healthy. We're looking at them as you would someone morbidly obese - what can we do to reverse the damage already done? So we let them run through our yard during the day (free range) and they eat a ton of greens and grasses. They get fresh produce daily, live mealworms daily, and I'm feeding them Layena plus omega 3. I sprinkle food grade DE once a week in the run and they get apple cider vinegar in their water 3 times a week. So far, so good. We've had them a month now! They're growing steadily but not too fast and they all seem to have decent mobility so far. They are smart, and they are starting to warm up to us (well, 2 of the 3). I know we have so much more to learn, and I'm excited to now officially be a part of Backyard Chickens!