Last year was our first experience with chickens all layers. This year we thought we would take the next step so when I went to the feed store to get dog food and I saw that they had some Cornish X I had to get some (4) as well as a SLW and golden sex-link. We have already gotten the parts to build a tractor for them tomorrow so that when they get a little bigger we can have a place for them. What age is a good age to move them form the brooder to the tractor? Right now they are so cute as they are basking in the brooder but I know from what I have read on this forum this will be short lived as they soon will be stinky nasty little monsters. How soon will that be? I do want them to grow as slow as a cornish X can so they can be as healthy as possible. One question that I have is while right now they are on chick starter when I switch them to regular feed would switching to the same feed as the rest of the flock (all layers) keep there growth rate slow or should I just go ahead and get them the meat bird ration? We hope to be able to process in 8-12 weeks as long as it takes for them to reach a good eating weight or until we can't take it anymore. I will need all the support I can get during this entire process, I have cleaned my DH pheasants from hunting but that was worlds apart form raising and butchering my own meat.