I wanted to love the Cornish X. I really did. I read about the differences in caring for them as opposed to other breeds of chicks. So they started fermented feed, extra vitamins and probiotics in their water, they aren't fed 24/7, we pull feed for 12 hours. I was unprepared for how frequently my brooders need to be cleaned. Lots...and lots...and lots of poop. On average, I'm removing chicks and completely scrubbing my brooders top to bottom pretty much every other day. I mean...so much poop. Well, now it seems like they are all just prone to health issues, and I don't mean leg or heart problems. We have had a sudden outbreak of pinkeye. All I can figure out is someone had a face itch and scratched with a footfull of poop. Well, eye issues led to respiratory issues so now all of my lovely organic chicken is on antibiotics. I have literally never had so much death or disease in a brood of birds, and I have raised over 500 in the past few years. I wanted to adore these birds and order new ones every year...but I highly suspect I will be saying my final goodbyes to the breed on process day, which cannot come soon enough. So...lovely people...Dark Cornish next year?