Ok... I have approximately 2 weeks to learn how to care for, feed, and process 25 Cornish Rock roos. Last night talking to my friend I made an impulse buy... I have wanted meat chickens but knew without a doubt that I could never kill them. The processing part - fine... but actually "doing the deed"... not so much. Anyway, her BF was raised on a Minnesota farm where they raised their own food and he assured us he will do all of the killing if we would do the plucking / etc. Will this work for raising them? I have decided to close off the short leg of my "L" shaped run (my chickens are always out in the backyard anyway). I will have to build a shelter for the meat chickens because I don't want them in my girls' house. Idea is to build a shelter big enough to hold a little kiddie wading pool, hardware cloth the top of it and set up a brooder light. They are supposed to come around the 20th of October so temps will probably be highs of 80 lows of 50? I will definitely be reading through this forum and the self sufficient site, but if there are answers to these questions it would be awesome to have them in one spot. Do they get regular chick starter / grower? Medicated or no? Do they stay on that for the whole 7-10 weeks before butcher time or is there another food for them? I have heard that the last week or 2 you should also give them organice whole milk? (don't have access to raw) The run is dirt - will they eat "treat" foods like BOSS, yogurt, greens etc? Or is that a no-no for meat birds? (kind of the point of raising your own meat birds is to know they had quality of life, right?) They get those huge nasty feet - can they navigate deep litter in the coop? Anything else I need to know before they come? I will have more questions when they get here, I'm sure!!