I finally just sucked it up and ordered the cornish cross and here are a few reasons why: 1 - I like the look of the colored rangers (or whatever their exact name is), and I prefer the idea of grass-fed bird in addition to some grain, but am afraid that if they are all fun and running around with personality, I won't want to kill them. I figure if the crosses are all sluggish and dull, it might be easier not to get attached. 2 - The time. Since I waited this late, I figured it would be better to get something that would be finished faster due to the heat coming (I'm in Louisiana). With the crosses, I'll be done by the first week of May and they'll be in the freezer. 3 - The price. The birds from JM were $2 each for 25 and the shipping was $15. That was $20 more than getting 25 of the cornish. I figure just to start out and see if we want to do this, less investment was better. SO, those who raise the cornish, give me your best tips. I really want to get them in the grass, even if they won't eat much. It'll just make me feel better about the whole thing. Also, I KNOW I don't want to do medicated feed. What do I want to feed? I'd love to do organic, but doubt I can (cost and locating the grain). What about protein? What about scraps? Will they consume anything else? Any other grain? I'd love to get the best quality I can with the least garbage in it. Any suggestions for me??