I've read a lot of folks on this board who state how they will never raise Cornish X Rocks again because they are so lazy, prone to 'flip' and lame legs, etc. While my wife was at the feed store the other day the fellow was explaining why she needs more feed, etc. because he raises his CX to 13 lbs in 8 weeks. He also explained how he looses many of his birds in the last weeks but he blamed it on the breed. I've followed the Welp Hatchery instructions for taking away their feed at night (12 hrs feeding/12 hours off) and rasied my CX on pasture in a tractor moving it 1 or 2 times per day. They are just as healthy and active as many layers I've seen. This morning was a prime example. My birds are almost 7 weeks old. As soon as I opened the door, several of them came strolling out to get to fresh grass and find some bugs. While I was getting their feed I noticed a couple of them 'chest bumping' and a few trying to fly while running around. One of the last to come back into the tractor actually jumped up with both feet like he wanted to slam dunk a basketball! None were just laying lame on the ground. I'm not suggesting that what I'm doing is magic. I'm just following someone else's recommendations and I've had several batches of CX that are very healthy and without any obvious fat around their hearts or distress come processing time. I don't expect to raise them to 14 weeks or expect them to mate, but I do wonder how many of the health issues related to the breed are due to overfeeding.