This is a documentation of my spring 2013 Cornish Roaster flock. I keep them in the laundry room for the first week or two as my outdoor brooders are not in a heated space. Even with heat lamps, it can get pretty cold on the back porch in February. I use two large plastic totes that sit on top of a cabinet. Each tote holds 18 chicks. This works okay for the first two weeks. The totes are lined with newspaper and then fine grade wood shavings. Each tote has a screw-on fount base with a 1 quart plastic jar and a 18 inch slide-top chick feeder. The founts sit on piece of 1"x4" lumber to elevate them above the bedding. As the chicks get bigger, I switch to pieces of 2"x4". I give Broiler Booster supplements mixed in the water for the first month or so. I keep a 3 gallon bucket with a snap top lid in the room for feed. I use a 5 cup plastic measuring cup from Wal-marts as a feed scoop. 1 full scoop weighs 1.4 pounds. I use a plastic funnel to fill the feeders with. I hold it in my hand with a finger under the spout to control the flow. I have two red 250 watt heat lamps wired into a dimmer to control the heat. When the lamps are at ceiling level it's 90 degrees in the totes. There is a thermometer hanging inside one of the totes to keep track of the temperature. Each night I change out the bedding & paper, wash the founts & jars and strain the feeders. I use a wire fry basket to shift out the poop and wood chips and then dump the feed back into the feeder. Once a week, or more if needed, I wash the feeders. Each morning I scoop poop piles out with a toy beach sand shovel and then replenish the bedding as needed. 36 chicks arrived Monday the 11th from Murray McMurray. All alive and in good health. They are all eating and drinking and pooping like normal. I weigh the chicks on day one and the average weight is 1.75 ounces. The smallest is 1.4 oz and the largest is 2.05. These are .15 ounce heavier than last years batch. For the first couple of days I place rubber shelf liner on top of the bedding. One chick dies on day 2. It happens. While the chicks are still in the brooders, Saturdays are weigh days. I pull them all out and weigh them while I clean the brooders. Saturday the 16th was day 6 for me but day 8 for the chicks. They have been drinking about a gallon of water every 24 hours. The average weight is 5.3 ounces with the smallest being 3.9 and the largest 6.15. Almost a full ounce heavier than last years average weight. For the first week they have consumed 12.6 pounds of 24% chick starter. This works out to .06 pounds per day per chick. Last years batch ate .07 pounds per day for the same week. I use the feed chart published on Meyers Hatchery's website as a guide for the amount of feed they should be eating. But these are Cornish Roasters not Cornish X so they eat a little less. According to the chart, they should have eaten .46 lbs per bird and mine ate .36 lbs. To help me plan my feed purchases, I set up a spreadsheet that calculates the feed usage based on age and number of chicks. Typically I buy feed once a month at TSC. On day 7 I started giving fermented feed. I mix about 1.4 pounds of chick starter in a 1 gallon bucket. I feed half in the morning and half in the evening. So far the best way I've found to feed this in the totes is to place it in a plastic baby chick feeder without a jar. It keeps them from standing in it and I can take it apart to wash it. When the FF is in the tote, I take the chick feeders out. I plan to update this weekly as I go along. Hopefully it will be of help to someone starting out on this fabulous meat bird journey.