Here's the story of my journey: Week of 4th of July - We started with 25, and lost 4 within the first 3 days, down to 21. Things went well, we raised them in our garage for a bit, and it was hot. Keeping them cool was a bit of a challenge. Being able to move them outdoors to their portable pen was a huge help there. Although we don't have a shaded lot, we were able to position their tractor to get some shade. Everyday I thought they were the most disgusting animals ever. They stunk, and they were lazy. In the last few weeks the crickets have been crazy in abundance, they couldn't be bothered to chase the crickets right under their noses to eat. Coyotes terrorized them one night, and the very next day we lost one. I think it was from stress. I processed it, and we ate it. It was rougly 3.5 pounds. Down to 20. When Irene hit, things got messy. It was cold, rainy and windy. We were not able to keep them dry, we think hypothermia set in, and we lost 2 more. Down to 18. We processed them, and will eat them. They were both roughly 5 pounds. Everytime a neighbor or a friend came to visit, they were so shocked to see how fast they grow. People who keep chickens didn't realize that these birds are so different than layers, and didn't expect the quick growth factor. On Sunday one had a broken leg, so I put it out of its misery. It was roughly 4.5 pounds. Today we processed the remaining 17 at 9 weeks of age. This was the 3rd time I've been on a processing crew, so I knew what to do. I actually killed a chicken this time. I wasn't perfect at it, but could do it again with more accuracy and less hesitation. I felt sick after the adrenaline wore off - that part was very stressful for me. Our end results, the largest bird was 10 pounds. The smallest was 5.1 pounds. The average was about 6 pounds. We ended up with 141.8 pounds of meat. We fed them 400 # of feed, which ran us $201.61 total. The price per pound ends up coming in at $1.42. I also fed our birds 12 hours and 12 hours off. Will I do it again? ABSOLUTELY! I wish we bought more birds. We won't have enough to get us through til next season. I can't wait to do it again! It was rewarding in so many ways, and a great learning experience for my husband and I. My 4 yo son also learned a lot in the process, and has just come to accept and understand that this is how we do things. He was disappointed he did not get to "see the meaties get processed." Next year we'll put him on heads and feet duty (maybe!).