My names Chris, I'm a chicken addict. Started with 2 free pullets for a few eggs a week. Needed more eggs, found out some laid colored eggs-that was the turning point of my addiction. I Needed a blue layer! Then I became the chicken lady-rescues were given to me, more building was done, more land allotted for the girls lol I found a breeder of Ameraucana-blue eggs! Got some chicks. Had a bully hen that was literally tormenting the flock. So, we culled her. My husband is the rabbit man wasn't all about the chickies like I was but him being a natural DIY-er so a plucker and cleaning station was easy peasy. Then we ate her...it was all over at that point. I had brought my hubby over to the dark side with one chicken dinner...home raised chicken. I got a text from the hubby early last week. (yup, a text!) "25 CX will be here Friday-make it so #1" Oh Crap! Wait waaaaaa? Hahahaha like an addict asks questions! I set up my brooders, started a batch of fermented chick feed and read. And read. And read. Then I called grandma and picked her brain (she was the only one to embrace me AND my addiction O.O Everyone else gives me the goat eye when I must vent about the chickens) lol. So 27 CX chicks arrived Friday. 25 ordered, 27 sent. Two were Packing peanuts and the smallest runtiest cute lil guys. Sadly the two packing peanuts did not make it shipping being bounced around, stress from move? I dunno. No physical signs, clear eyes/beak/vents. Failure to thrive maybe. It was sad for me but I see 1st hand now confirmation of my studies on raising meaties. The other 25 are thriving on day 3 with us. Doing great, eating like I have never seen a bird eat and drinking near a gallon a day. So far, pretty easy to maintain. 1x per day water change & bedding scooped out and replaced and a vent check done on chicks (horror stories of pasty butt) 2x per day they are fed fermented feed of chick starter 20% with ACV and offered a scoop of dry crumble on side for the 3 chicks that seem to be snubbing the FF feed. At 2 weeks they will go out to their pen/coop outside and go on a 12/12 feed schedule with 8 hours daily to free range. This thread is sorta for me to keep info in the same place Here are the Nuggets!